Mashed Potato Pancakes – a Tasty Simple Side Dish

mashed-potato-pancakes-finishedPotatoes are one of the humblest ingredients one can think of. We all use them all the time, but only rarely really appreciate them. Potatoes are too often something to fill you up when there is not enough diverse food like real vegetables or meat. Another, just as crazy use of potatoes is to incorporate them into a comfort food of some sort. Think butter, cheese, bacon… everything totally great, just not something you can brag about to your health conscious friends. But how about mashed potato pancakes? They are dairy free, egg free and nut free. Everything fine so far, but it is not as simple as one could think. Eggs are pretty crucial for pancakes, and not only because they taste good and elevate whatever ingredient you mix them with. What did I do to make this work egg free? Read on.

Egg free, dairy free and nut free mashed potato pancakes. Great side dish or a stand alone snack.
Potatoes, sweet potato and onion. Basic ingredients.

Pancakes are always a dish that brings smiles to faces. There is something about the promise of sweetness, the smell of browned bits, or the memories of childhood weekend mornings. I never met a person who doesn’t like them.

But these babies… these babies are different. These mashed potato pancakes are savoury. I am sure they can also be made into a sweet dish, but this particular recipe will be for a salty variety, making them a great side dish, or a simple snack.

The secret of egg free mashed potato pancakes…

I feel obliged to tell you about my trick that allowed me to cook this dish without eggs. As I mentioned already, eggs are a very important ingredient in almost every batter. But you can make pancakes without them, and the secret is  – sweet potatoes!

I have been told once, that sweet potatoes contain something that binds stuff together almost like eggs do. I do not remember nor have the time to check it out online, and science does not matter this time, really. The important thing is, that THIS WORKS! And it works like a charm.

Ingredients (for 10 pancakes/patties)

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 10 smaller potatoes
  • 1 large red onion
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 5 table spoons olive oil

Instructions

Peel both potato varieties. Dice the sweet potato to smaller pieces. Bring water to boil and add a bit of salt. You can also add salt first, but then it will take just a little longer to boil. Cook sweet potato pieces together with peeled (ordinary?) potatoes until sweet potatoes are cooked through. No worries if the potatoes are still uncooked, if only the sweet potatoes are done. You need them soft and mushy for the aforementioned secret ingredient to activate. You will cook the potatoes to doneness in the following few paragraphs.

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Peeling the potatoes for our pancakes.

Separate potatoes and the sweet potato. Mash sweet potatoes to a paste. This will be your eggs. Sounds funny, but don’t laugh just yet. Grate your under cooked potatoes. Put this paste and grated potato bits into a bowl. Grate the onion. If possible, use a finer grate for onions than you used for potatoes.

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Mash the cooked sweet potato pieces.
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Grate semi-cooked potatoes. Use coarser grate.

Combine everything in a bowl. To taste, add salt and pepper, and those 5 spoons olive oil you have prepared for this dish. Mix well and preheat the oven to 200°C. Didn’t I tell you you will need an oven for this? Well, you will.

Pancakes in an oven? What?

Form your batter into patties and place them on a baking tray. Use parchment paper, unless you want a real mess. Into the oven! 30 minutes or a few more. The potatoes need to be cooked through now.

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Mashed potato pancakes before oven baking.

 

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Straight out of the oven.

When approaching the 30 minute mark, preheat a frying pan. You will need to brown these mashed potato pancakes a bit more, and this is where the frying pan comes in handy.

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Pan frying mashed potato pancakes.

Add a small amount of olive oil into the pan. There is no need for patties to submerge into the oil, you just need to brown them a bit more.

Put the pancakes out of the oven, place them into your slightly oiled pan and only fry them until you are satisfied with the colour and the smell. Turn around and fry for a similar time.

Voila, done! Enjoy your mashed potato pancakes.

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Done! Served with sliced purple carrots.

Mashed Potato Pancakes – a Tasty Simple Side Dish

Mashed Potato Pancakes –  a Tasty Simple Side Dish

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 10 smaller potatoes
  • 1 large red onion
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 5 table spoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Peel both potato varieties.
  2. Dice the sweet potato to smaller pieces.
  3. Bring water to boil and then add a bit of salt. You can also add salt first, but then it will take just a little longer to boil.
  4. Cook sweet potato pieces together with peeled (ordinary?) potatoes until sweet potatoes are cooked through.
  5. Separate potatoes and the sweet potato. Mash sweet potatoes to a paste.
  6. Grate under cooked potatoes.
  7. Put sweet potato paste and grated potato bits into a bowl.
  8. Grate the onion. If possible, use a finer grate for onions than you used for potatoes.
  9. Mash the cooked sweet potato pieces.
  10. Combine everything in a bowl.
  11. Add salt and pepper to taste, and 5 spoons olive oil. Mix well and preheat the oven to 200°C. Form your batter into patties and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  12. Leave them in the oven for 30 minutes.
  13. When approaching the 30 minute mark, preheat a frying pan. Add a small amount of olive oil into the pan.
  14. Put the pancakes out of the oven, place them into your slightly oiled pan and only fry them until you are satisfied with the colour and the smell. Turn around and fry for a similar time.
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