Saturday, September 3, 2011

Carrot and Potato Latkes

It's real food!
For years I hated cooking. I loved baking instead, with its strict rules and sweet results. But lately I've had a change of heart, and have started to enjoy cooking as well.  This is, no doubt, due a large part to my allergens creeping into new food corners every day. It's becoming increasingly easier to just make everything from scratch.

And so, I will be sharing these new adventures with you, including these delicious, crispy, potato and carrot latkes.

Carrot and Potato Latkes
from Martha Stewart

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 pound potatoes, peeled and grated
1/2 pound carrots, peeled and grated
1 large egg, lightly beaten
6 tablespoons canola oil
Plain yogurt, or applesauce (as a condiment)
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and prepare a baking sheet.

Peel potatoes and coarsely grate into a colander. Mix in lemon juice and drain for 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, stir together the carrots and egg. Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper.

In a large (at least 10-inch) heavy nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Spoon 1/4 cup of the mixture loosely in the pan so it forms a pancake. Repeat to make 3 more pancakes. Press on each lightly with a flat spatula to make a cake about 1/2 inch wide. Cook until browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Turn the cakes over and brown the other side, about 3 minutes.

Transfer to the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pancake mixture, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan with each batch, depending on how much oil is remaining in the pan.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes to cook the pancakes through. Drain briefly on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. Serve while hot, with yogurt and/or applesauce.


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