Thursday, December 15, 2011
Potatoes rule! or I am a potato addict
I was sitting in my "Big Girl Chair" aka "Lard Ass Chair" tweeting when one thing led to another (which in reality I don't remember what happened) when Justin Marx told me that he was going to send me some heirloom potatoes. All I had to do was pick the kind I wanted. I have to say that I adore Marx Foods. It isn't just because the people there are amazing. It isn't because Justin sent me Potatoes. It is because if you go to their website (which you have to do) you will see that they sell the most awesome ingredients that you can't find elsewhere. These are the awesome people that sent me my Geoduck and changed my life (waving to Justin).
So, I mulled over what I wanted to make with my Bintje Potatoes. Of course I did a little research on these puppies. I read that they make the ultimate french fry. BINGO! I had been toying with the idea of Potato Pancakes since Hanukkah was coming up. I would practice my potato pancake skills. Everyone goes crazy for my potato pancakes so I didn't really need to practice but pretend that I didn't say that.
So, I decided to go with simplicity. I wanted to taste the potato itself. I got out my gadget that makes ribbons out of food (remind me to tell you about my zucchini spaghetti some day) and made some potato ribbons.
These Bintje potatoes made the lightest and best chip I have ever tasted. No really.
Next up were much coveted potato pancakes. I shredded about 2lbs of potatoes on a box grater. As I grate I put into a bowl of cold water to keep the potato from turning brown. I then have Dr. Food put the shredded potatoes in a towel and twist to get all the water out (this is a very important step to the "FPP" (Famous Potato Pancake).
Hot hot oil is another important step.
There ya have it! Oh, what did we have with it for dinner? Well, I was pooped so I just got something out of the freezer to reheat. Just a simple Balantine.
Bintje Potato Pancakes
2lbs Bintje Potatoes, grated
1 Onion, grated
2 Tbl flour
Grate potatoes and put into a bowl of cold water as you go. Grate onion and add to bowl. When done grating drain potatoes and onion and place on a clean tea towel. Twist towel to get out as much water as you possibly can.
Place potato/onion mixture into a bowl and add eggs and flour. Mix well. Form into thin patties.
Heat vegetable oil (about 1 1/2 ) until 350 degrees. Fry patties. Drain on paper towels and season with salt.