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BACON AND CHIVE POTATO PANCAKES

3/4 pound (1 large) russet (baking) potato
2 slices of cooked lean bacon, crumbled fine
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives or green part of scallion
2 tablespoons olive oil
sour cream, if desired

Peel the potato, grate it coarse, and press it between several thicknesses of paper towel to remove any excess moisture. In a bowl stir together the potato, the bacon, the chives, and salt and pepper to taste. In a large heavy skillet heat the oil over moderately high heat until it is hot but not smoking, form the potato mixture into 4 patties, and cook the patties, tamping them down with a spatula, for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until the pancakes are golden brown and cooked through. Serve the pancakes with the sour cream. Serves 2. Enjoy!