Sunday, November 18, 2007

Potato Pancakes

This season's (Nov-Dec/07) issue of Vegnews, Tales of Paprika*, had a beautiful picture of Potato Pancakes with a dollop of sautéed mushrooms. I have always wanted to try making potato pancakes and was inspired by the photography to give it a go for tonight's dinner.

The recipe is incredibly easy, once you do the prep work and the results were very tasty. My husband has perfected his sautéed mushrooms and prepared them as a topping (he fries his caps and stems in olive oil and a little garlic until tender). Other suggested accompaniments are: vegan sour cream (ex. Tofutti's) or cinnamon laced applesauce. We each tried one with some of Quebec's finest maple syrup. I would recommend these - we loved them. (Tip: take the time to cook them for the full amount. Mine were slightly undercooked but still yummy!)

*(There is no paprika in the recipe but I might try a pinch in my next go around with these!)

Serves 4

1 1/2 lbs potatoes (3-4 potatoes)
1 small yellow onion
1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
1/4 c unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshing ground black pepper
Oil for fying

  1. Peel and grate potatoes, then place in a colander set over a large bowl. Using your hands squeeze out the excess liquid from the potatoes. Pour off the liquid and place potatoes into bowl. Grate the onion and add to the potatoes along with the parsley, flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  2. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Heat a thin layer of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Take a heaping tablespoon of batter and flatten it before gently placing in into the hot oil. Make 2 or 3 potato pancakes and place into pan (do not over crowd - my pan could only hold 3 but my tablespoons were generous). Fry until golden brown on both sides turning once (about 8 minutes).
  3. Repeat with remaining potato mixture, adding more oil to the pan as needed. Remove cooked pancakes to paper towels to drain and then to oven proof plate in the oven to keep warm until the whole batch is complete.
Serve with suggested toppings (see above) and enjoy!

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Fresh from the Source said...

This is my favourite "up at the cottage" recipe. In fact mine is almost exactly the same except I've never added parsley. The other difference is that I soak the grated potato in ice cold water for about 20 minutes, then I drain well and squeeze dry. This makes for a very crispy, golden edge on the pancake. I've tried various toppings, usually savory, rather than sweet, my favourite being Indian lime pickle. I'll try the mushrooms next time.