Friday, June 04, 2010

"Sunshine cakes"

if you are serving them to kids...

otherwise known as Potato & Carrot Latkes!
(for my friend Shar..)

I found these a bit weird quite honestly, but then didn't have the right ingredients, and they all got eaten, so hey, it's all good overall!

you need-

500g of root vegies - potato, carrots, beetroot, kumara etc - peeled
1/2 a small onion (or a pickling onion)
1/8 cup potato or corn starch (turned out i didn't have either, so resorted to mostly cornmeal topped up with Ogran No Egg, cos that is mostly potato starch - possibly contributed to the slight weirdness)
1/4tsp ea salt & pepper
1 cup matzo meal (again, none of that here, so subbed in plain flour - made these "traditional jewish potato pancakes" decidedly un-kosher)
lots of vegetable oil for frying

* grate all the vegies using a food processor
* in a large bowl mix the vegies with the starch, until the vegies have released some moisture & the starch has dissolved
* mix in salt & pepper
* add the matzo meal/flour, and mix well. set aside for 10 minutes.
* heat a large frying pan over medium/high heat, add 1/2 cm of oil to the pan. the oil is hot enough when you get lots of tiny bubbles forming around a small bit of batter.
* using wet hands, form the mixture into golf-ball sized balls, squish, then fry until golden brown on both sides, drain on some paper towels, then serve!

i never said these were healthy per se, but i suppose if you're interested in getting some lovely vege-based minerals & vitamins into your kids, and a little bit of greasiness is acceptable (we like rice bran oil), then these are a good option!!

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