Potato Pancakes Go Purple

October 26, 2009

How do you celebrate Oktoberfest, a pile of purple spuds, and an amazing 7-0 TCU Horned Frogs football season?

You make potato pancakes, and you make them purple.

We held a tame (lame?) Oktoberfest celebration in our living room last night: no meat, one can of beer, and a Coen Brothers flick. I mashed up a pile of purple spuds from our CSA to make a dense & hearty pancake, a slight departure from the traditional grated, crispy variety. Below are some photos of the cakes and all the accoutrement–caramelized onions, strained yogurt and applesauce–along with a super easy recipe.

Oh, and Go Frogs!

Purple Potato Pancakes with caramelized onions, strained yogurt and applesauce

Purple Potato Pancakes with caramelized onions, strained yogurt and applesauce

Purple Potato Pancakes with Caramelized Onions

  • 7-8 medium purple potatoes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • generous pinches of salt & pepper
  • Spray oil (Pam)
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup strained or Greek yogurt, or low-fat sour cream
  1. Put the potatoes in a pot and just cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until fork-tender 15-20 minutes. Strain and let cool.

  2. In a small pot, heat the olive oil and add the onion. Cook over medium-high until some browning occurs. Turn down heat to low and continue cooking at least 20 minutes.
  3. Peel the potatoes with a paring knife (skins should come off easily), and run through a ricer or mash with masher. Add butter and mix with fork. Add milk and egg and mix. Season to taste with salt & pepper.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out potato balls (about 15) onto a plate. Heat a nonstick griddle to medium and spray with oil. Cook four at a time, flattening the potato ball with the back of a spatula (spray spatula with oil to prevent sticking). Cook about 3 minutes each side, or until golden brown.
  5. Serve with the applesauce, yogurt, and caramelized onions. Enjoy!
Mashed potato balls, cafeteria style (pre-smooshing)

Mashed potato balls, cafeteria style (pre-smooshing)

The super-sweet caramelized onions

The super-sweet caramelized onions

My simple yogurt-straining contraption (paper towel and a take-out container)

My simple yogurt-straining contraption (paper towel and a take-out container)

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