As you do when given a challenge, you think long and hard into the night. Sometimes the results are of note and other times not; this is a case of the former where creamy mashed potatoes form the bind that keep the julienned potatoes together, requiring no eggs, no soggy centres and yielding delicate crispy edged 'tatties which almost have you reaching for the bottle of ketchup! I love the way the latkes also take on a lacy crepe-like surface. You can make your own homemade rice flour (I did) by grinding some white basmati rice in a spice grinder till fine. —Kitchen Butterfly
1 portion mashed potatoes (a scant cup, recipe below)
Salt, to taste
3 small potatoes, peeled, washed, boiled and warm
1/4 cup single cream
1 tablespoon butter
Pinch of grated nutmeg
4 tablespoons chopped spring onions/scallions, white and green
1 green chili pepper, finely chopped (optional)
Salt, to taste
In This Recipe
All Potato Latkes
Prepare a bowl with ice and water or ice cold water and set aside. Cut the peeled potatoes into very thin slices using a vegetable peeler. When done, stack the slices (in batches) and cut thinly into julienne.
Soak the potato shreds in the cold water and then strain through a sieve. Place the drained potato shreds into a large piece of clean cheesecloth and wring to squeeze all the water out.
Once done, put the potato shreds in a bowl and sprinkle the rice flour over it. Season to taste with salt and pepper and mix well.
Mix the potato shreds and the mashed potatoes till just combined.
Then heat a large pan on medium heat with a couple of tablespoons of oil (I used a non-stick pan).
Using clean hands form balls the size you want and then gently flatten out 'patty-style'. Place in a pan, being careful not to overcrowd. Flatten out to desired thickness and let underside cook, 3-4 minutes or until edges brown
Flip over and let the underside cook another till golden brown. Try your best not to flip multiple times (a bit like you do with pancakes)! Repeat till all the mix is used up.
If you need to keep it warm, place in an oven-proof dish, covered with foil and put on low heat till ready to serve.
Enjoy the 'lacy-looking' pancakes with some pan-fried white fish and a yogurt pesto (basil/coriander or parsley).
Pass the warm potatoes through a ricer or mash and put into a small pan.
Place the pan on medium to low heat and add the cream and butter. Stir using a spatula and check for seasoning. Adjust as necessary. Once the butter is melted, remove the pan from the heat and add the grated nutmeg.
Then add the spring onions and chopped green chili pepper if using, stir again and set aside to cool. When cold, use in latke recipe above.
For the first 9 years of my life I hated food and really loved sugar till Wimpy (British Fast Food chain) changed my life! These days, all grown up, I've junked junk food and spend my days and nights on a quest - to find and share the sweet, sweet nectar that's food in The #NewNigerianKitchen!
Dreaming, cooking, eating and writing...about and adoring a strong food community that's big and bold enough to embrace the world's diverse cuisines - I'm passionate about celebrating Nigerian cuisine in its entirety.
Why do I love food so? It is forgiving. Make a recipe. Have it go bad....but wake up tomorrow and you can have another go at succeeding! Only with food!