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Delicious, Crunchy Milcao, Potato Pancakes
Milcao are simple yet delicious potato pancakes that are a traditional food in the ChiloƩ Archipelago, a group of islands off the coast of Chile. These crunchy, fried pancakes are usually made at home and often form part of the "curanto", a meal cooked underground over hot rocks with layers of shellfish, meats, herbs, and potatoes. Given the proliferation of native potatoes on the island, part of the base of the local diet, many islanders consume Milcao with lunch or even tea time. Milcaos are prepared by mixing both cooked mashed potatoes with raw grated potatoes and some lard. In some cases, a cook may knead in a little smoked bacon to the mix. The pancake formed into a patty, bound together by the mash potatoes, and fried until golden and crisp. While it is usually served as a savory side, some Chilotes love them drizzled with honey to accompany tea on a cold or rainy afternoon.
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