Hashbrown Spud Cups and Hanukkah


POTATOES.” by Louisa May Alcott, novelist (1832-1888)

“Look at that moon. Potato weather for sure.”
Wilder, “Our Town”
One thing you need to know about me…I
love potatoes. I never worry about having enough food in the house as long as I
have a bag of potatoes and I guess, a bag of dog food. I love potatoes. Yes, I
already said that. Mashed, fried, baked, hashed, steamed, grilled, in salads,
the list could go on and on. And lucky for me Hanukkah features potatoes. I can
make latkes with frozen hash browns, boiled potatoes, russets, yellow Finns,
sweet potatoes, and the varieties could go on and on. But today’s post isn’t
about latkes, though it does feature potatoes. You will have to come back later
for latkes.
I wanted to give you my handy dandy
company quick potato recipe in case you may want to serve something with that decadent make ahead cheese soufflé I posted about a week ago. These are great because you can make
them ahead of time and they look oh so cute tucked into the little muffin cups.
Not to mention easy to serve. Which also makes them easy to eat.
But I want to tell you about my Hanukkah,
too. It has been very quiet in our home. But my husband and I have lit the
candles every night. 

We have sat in our den and watched the glow of the candles
without any voices of kids. It is a new experience and one I can’t say I truly
love. But the last two nights we did hook up our camera to the computer and we
shared the menorah lighting with our daughter who lives in Philly. It is true that everyone celebrates Hanukkah in their own way. My daughter just bought
her first menorah and I must say it suits her style.


My son celebrates a different way. It
looks like he was playing dreidel and wagering a bit along with lighting a
bowling menorah.? I’d like one of those for my collection. Yes, he knows how to
celebrate. And I hear the Rabbi likes him.


I can’t ever remember drinking beer
for our Hanukkah celebrations. But maybe it is a HeBrew beer which we did buy
him last year.


miss them both. But I must say that my husband has actually spent the last
three nights with me sitting in the den watching our candles burn. It has been
mystifying but very pleasant, and I hope the trend continues. Last night he
surprised me with a new cookbook. He has actually been listening to me the last
week or so. At least about some things… Maybe my hints worked. Like I would
really just like one cookbook this year… You don’t have to buy me anything
else. It is cheaper than sending me back to Jerusalem. Or it is available on Amazon at a
discount. It has a catchy title. The “Jerusalem”


Do not look at it unless you want to
drool. Do not cook from it unless you want to devour. And do not tune into my
blog unless you want to see some of those recipes in the future. The truth is that
I was lucky enough to spend three weeks in Jerusalem in January. I wish I could make it
a tradition. Add that to my “work on wish” list.
But back to potatoes. This is the week.
Latkes are coming. Maybe even donuts. And maybe a few appetizers from this
great new cookbook I own. Look at the moon. Potato season for sure.

Hash Brown Spud Cups
Serves 4-6
Time to make: About 15 minutes prep and 45 minutes to bake

1/3c finely chopped
3 ½ c shredded
potatoes (I use frozen hash browns that I defrost quickly in the microwave. Defrost
in the measuring cup and save a bowl.)
1/2c Parmesan (in or
out of the can, OK! Fresh or not)
1t salt
1/2t pepper
1/2t garlic powder
2T oil
Grease 6 regular sized
muffin cups. Divide mixture into 6 cups. Bake at 375 degrees in lower third of
oven for about 45 minutes. Longer if you want them extra crisp.
Feel free to add green
chilies, peppers, jalapeno or cheddar cheese. Think of these potatoes as your
template to success.

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  • Anonymous
    March 14, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I would like to print a few recipes, but am unable to do so as presented. Can you tell me how I can preserve (in print) your recipes?

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      March 14, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      You should see a green print button right above the comments. It will print the entire post. If you do not want to do that you can delete sections of the post and just print what you want. My newer posts only print the recipe. Thanks for asking!

  • Abbe
    December 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for writing, Daniela. Your blog looks very enticing also.

  • Daniela Grimburg
    December 17, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful Hanukka celebration and the potatoe recipe looks amazing too 🙂

  • Abbe
    December 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks Natalie. They are really good and with very little effort.

  • Natalie
    December 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    These look awesome!!

  • Abbe
    December 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    She was right!

  • meirav
    December 12, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Tzipi' mom's sister, used to say that if you have potatoes & eggs you have food at home :-). The hashbrowns looks good! love.

  • Abbe
    December 12, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Totally agree!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    December 12, 2012 at 4:19 am

    Looks like a great way to make nifty little individual servings. Jalapenos with mine, please. 😉

  • Abbe
    December 12, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Thanks Anu. Interesting and Good!

  • Anu
    December 12, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Looks interesting!!!