This really doesn't have anything to do with St. Patrick's day. The pancakes aren't green and potato pancakes aren't from Ireland, but they're still good. And I'll still be eating potato pancakes any day of the week. I guess I always assumed they were Irish since us Irish folk love potatoes. Anywho...
1/2 diced white onion
salt & pepper
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
2-3 cups frozen hashbrowns
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Start with 2 cups frozen hashbrowns and add more if needed. You should be able to easily form a ball with the mix without it being too mushy. If it's too mushy add more hashbrowns. You could always add a tablespoon of milk if needed. Roll mix into balls about 2 inches around and place into pan of hot oil. Press down with spoon until it forms a pancake. Cook about 2 minutes on each side. Cool & serve with sour cream and applesauce if desired.