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Bacon Potato Pancakes

St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching. If you are Irish, or even if you aren't, and you want to celebrate this holiday, why not start the day off right with this recipe for Bacon Potato Pancakes? Everything tastes better with bacon and this recipe is quick and easy to make. Enjoy!

Bacon Potato Pancakes

Makes six servings

• 4 slices bacon

• 4 Idaho potatoes, peeled and shredded

• ¼ c. flour

• 2 eggs

• 4 cloves garlic, minced

• 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped

• salt and pepper, to taste

• Extra virgin olive oil, for frying

Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp, three to five minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain; let cool and crumble. Reserve bacon drippings in skillet.

Combine crumbled bacon, potatoes, flour, eggs, garlic, thyme, salt and black pepper in a large bowl. Pour vegetable oil about 1/4-inch deep into skillet with bacon drippings and place over medium heat; heat until the oil and bacon drippings shimmer.

Gently drop potato mixture by heaping tablespoon into hot oil and flatten potatoes into small patties about three inches in diameter. Cook until browned, about three minutes on each side.