This is a lovely dish to make for your favorite vegetarians (I made it for my mom, the ovo-lacto, & Jeannene, the flexitarian, in March), but it's also hearty enough for the carnivores you hold dear.
3 large potatoes, peeled, grated and squeezed dry
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 scallions, thinly-sliced
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
2 tbsp. white vinegar
Salt & pepper to taste
1/4-1/2 c. flour
Oil for frying
Mix all but flour & oil. Add enough flour to hold it all together. Fry in oil as you would latkes. Good plain or with sour cream.
The same night, my mom made grapefruit spritzers:
Mix 4 c. pink grapefruit juice with 1 bottle dry white wine & 2/3 c. sugar, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add thin slices of pink grapefruit & 2 c. sparkling water just before serving over ice.