My Jewish friends call them “latkes” and my Korean friends call them “jeon.” I call them veggie pancakes, and I wonder why I don’t make them more often! Kind of like hash browns, these crispy little guys are a great way to get more vegetables in your diet. I also like them for cleaning out my fridge and getting rid of my “singleton” vegetables – you know, that ONE zucchini in a plastic bag, or the last carrot in the sack. Frugal, I say!
If you have a food processor with a shredder attachment, you can have this recipe mastered in minutes. If not, you’ll have to get out the box grater and put some muscle into it. You can experiment with a large variety of firm vegetables—roots are best—like potatoes, carrots, yams, parsnips, or turnips. You can also mix in some softer veggies, like zucchini, and any kind of minced herbs you like. I usually just use green onions, because I always have those on hand, but feel free to try thyme, tarragon, or very finely minced rosemary. Top with sour cream or plain yogurt and you have a nutritious, unusual side dish that’s at home next to a salad or a steak. These make a great breakfast, too—add eggs, bacon, and fruit, and you’re in business!
- 2 small potatoes (Russet or white), peeled
- 1 large carrot, peeled
- 1 smallish zucchini
- salt and pepper
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 teaspoons flour, optional
- vegetable oil for frying
- In the food processor with shredder attachment, shred the potatoes, carrot and zucchini. If you are using a box grater, use the largest holes and coarsely shred all the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper and set aside, in a large bowl, for ten minutes.
- After ten minutes, squeeze out the water accumulating in the bottom of the bowl. This will keep your pancakes from getting soggy! Then mix in the beaten egg – I just use my hand. If it’s still really watery, you can add a teaspoon or two of flour.
- In a large non-stick pan over medium heat, add about 3 tablespoons of the vegetable oil. You aren’t deep-frying the pancakes, but you do want to make sure there’s plenty of oil, so they don’t stick to the pan. Drop quarter-cup sized dollops of pancake mixture into the pan, and make sure they don’t touch each othe… they are hard to separate, and won’t cook evenly. Fry for 3 to 5 minutes per side, so they are crispy and firm. Repeat with the rest of the pancake mixture, adding more oil to the pan if necessary. Drain on a paper bag or paper towels and sprinkle with a little salt. Serve with sour cream.
Explore, experiment, enjoy! — Dana
To view even more of Dana’s unique recipes, you can visit her at Frugal Girlmet!
If you would like to contact Dana in regards to this blog, please email her at Dana@girlfriendscoffeehour.com