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Laurie’s Lazy Latkes

Potato Pancakes

Patty caked onto a baking sheet and tossed into the oven. Prep time is 30 minutes; baking time is 30 minutes.

Kirstin: Let’s make cauliflower latkes!

Laurie: YES! (15 minutes of latke making goes by. Laurie is standing at the stove, frustrated)

Laurie: Whaaaaaaat? No way am I flipping 9,000 little pancakes!

Kirstin: Shhh, it’s only 30.

Laurie: Hey! Let’s just make a few huge ones and throw them in the oven! (Now I can go out and garden.)

Kirstin: (enthusiastically flapping the spatula onto the counter) YES!!! (now I don’t have to flip 9000 latkes).

And that’s how the lazy latkes were born. Serve hot with apple sauce and Greek yoghurt or sour cream.

You Need:

Olive oil, for the baking pan
1 small head cauliflower (about 1 pound), chopped
1 large organic baking potato, unpeeled
1/2 onion, grated, or finely minced
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup flour, cornstarch, or potato starch plus more if needed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or dill (or a mixture of both)
1 teaspoon salt

To Make:

1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease the paper with about 1 tablespoon olive oil.

2. Place the cauliflower in a microwaveable glass bowl with 1 tablespoon water, cover, and microwave on high for 4 to 5 minutes, until tender. (Or place it in a pot with a little water, cover, and steam until it is easily pierced with a fork, 8 to 10 minutes.) Drain very well and transfer to a large bowl. Mash with a fork or potato masher.

3. Wrap the potato and cauliflower in a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth and squeeeeze out the moisture, then put them in a large bowl. Add the onion, eggs, flour, herbs, salt, and pepper to taste and mix well. The mixture should be a very thick batter, if not add a little more flour.

4. Using your hands, use the batter to form 4 to 5 large latkes on the baking sheet. Bake until the edges are dark and crisp, about 15 minutes. With a spatula, gently flip each latke. Swirl more oil onto the baking sheet if needed. Bake until golden and the center is cooked all the way through, about 15 minutes longer. Cut each latke into half. Serve hot.

 

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