Willie 'The Bird' Flanagan was an elaborate practical joker, with a rich father who could afford to pay for his son's wild exploits. In 1907, Willie rode his horse through the swinging doors of the Gresham Hotel in Dublin, into the lobby and half way up the main staircase and asked for a drink.
"It's after hours, sir", replied a porter. "It's not for me, you fool, it's for the horse!" Willie replied.
More about this interesting character here. The bar at the Gresham Hotel and this recipe, which was later served there, were both named for him.
I made a Bird Flanagan Potato Pancake for brunch this past weekend and both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I will be making this again!
Shredded potatoes, Canadian bacon, onion, parsley, cheddar cheese and egg combined to make a perfectly delightful one-dish meal.
Bird Flanagan Potato Pancakes with Canadian BaconRecipe adapted from Elegant Irish Cooking by Noel Cullen
2 large potatoes
2 whole eggs
2-4 slices lean Canadian bacon (depending on thickness)
1 tablespoon chopped green onion
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Peel and grate the potatoes. Squeeze out excess moisture by placing the grated potatoes in a ricer and pressing down on the handle to release as much moisture as possible. Place in a bowl.
Slice the Canadian bacon into thin strips (julienne) and add to the potatoes along with the diced onion, parsley, cheese and salt and pepper to taste (I like lots of pepper). Combine thoroughly.
Lightly beat the eggs and add to the potato mixture.
In a crepe pan or nonstick sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat. Pour the mixture into the heated pan and press down to spread it out evenly and cook on both sides, until golden brown. This should take about 10 minutes. You can use a large plate inverted over the pan to help flip the pancake. I placed a cover, slightly ajar, over the pan during the last few minutes to help the potatoes cook through.