Ned’s Potato Pancakes

About the Name:

This is named after Nancy’s boyfriend, Ned Nickerson.  Ned first appears in the 7th Nancy Drew book, The Clue in the Diary.

In Yellowback books, he mostly shows up for one or two chapters to take Nancy on a date where she inevitably overhears something relating to her case, then he goes back to college.  Once or twice he gets to do something brave and heroic, such as using his quarterback skills to tackle a culprit.  Other times he plays the damsel in distress, getting kidnapped so Nancy can find and rescue him.

In the Nancy Drew Files series he gets a slightly bigger part, as the series has more elements of romance.  He and Nancy frequently get into fights and make out in this series.

By the On Campus series, the creators sent out a poll to ask if Nancy should end her relationship with Ned.  Apparently people voted to break them up.  A while later in the series Ned came back dating Nancy’s friend Bess.

By the Girl Detective series, Nancy and Ned are back together, and Ned is back to being a background character whose main purpose is deflecting date requests from Nancy’s nemesis.


About The Recipe:

I’ve been told Potato Pancakes are hard.  So, going into this expecting trouble, I was surprised  by how well these turned out, though I did undercook them a little.


Tasted pretty good, somewhat similar to Mcdonald’s Hash Browns.

Ease of Preparation: 

Grating the Potatoes took a long time and I felt like I cooked them for twenty minutes each (though it probably wasn’t really that long).

Clarity of instructions:

The recipe does not provide advice on how to keep the potatoes from turning pink while I peeled more or on how long to cook them, just saying ‘until brown and lacy’.   The recipe also failed to state how hot to heat the pan.   This resulted in mine being slightly undercooked, though still edible.

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Not the worst recipe.  If I had more experience with this type of food, maybe it would have turned out better.  But this is still marketed as a Children’s Cookbook.  Overall, a mediocre recipe.

Verdict:  6/10


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