Showing posts with label Autumn Potatoes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Autumn Potatoes. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Special Chanukah Latkes from a teen Iron Chef by Cleo Coyle



A few weeks ago on Facebook, Nancy Prior Phillips, one of our wonderful followers, mentioned that her teenage son, Connor, whipped up my Autumn Potatoes recipe (a mashed potato makeover, adding flavor and nutrition to your classic mashed via garlic and carrots).

I was delighted to hear that Connor, an aspiring chef, was inspired by my recipe to take it one step further. He added a few ingredients and fried them up as pancakes! Brilliant!

The result is a delicious latke recipe that my husband and I inhaled the day we tried them. I hope you enjoy them, too. Connor even gave us a sweet variation. Go, Chef Connor! You’re on your way to becoming the next Iron Chef!


Wednesday evening, December 1st, of course, brings us the first night of Chanukah, and latkes (potato pancakes) are a tasty, traditional Chanukah food.

The Jewish custom of eating foods fried or baked in oil comes from the original miracle of the Chanukah menorah, which involved the discovery of a small flask of oil that lasted many more days than it should have. Consequently, the “Festival of Lights” is eight days long and marked each night by the lighting of a new candle.

My barista character, Esther, has her own unique spin on her mother’s traditional latke recipe. In Holiday Grind, I share her recipe with readers. For today’s post, I am delighted to share…




Connor Phillips’
Chanukah Latkes (2 Ways!)


To print, save, or share this recipe in a PDF document, click here.  The PDF includes Connor's Latke recipe along with Cleo's Autumn Potatoes.





Garlic-Carrot Potato Latkes
with Dill, topped with
Ginger Sour Cream 


Servings: 6 pancakes

1 egg, well beaten
1 tablespoon Wondra flour
2 teaspoons dried dill
3 cups of Cleo Coyle's Autumn Potatoes (click here to get Cleo's free PDF of her recipe, which will give you 3 cups of garlic-carrot mashed potatoes) 
Olive oil (enough for 1/2 inch in frying pan)

For Topping:
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (or to your own taste)

Directions: Mix together Cleo's Autumn Potatoes, egg, flour, and dried dill. Now heat 1/2 inch of olive oil in a cast iron skillet (or frying pan) until it shimmers. (Be sure oil is nice and hot or the results will be greasy.) Using an ice cream scoop, carefully place mounds of the batter into the hot oil. Flatten with a spatula. Cook these small pancakes until they brown and form crunchy crusts (5 or 6 minutes on one side), then flip over and continue until the other side is similar (another 5 or 6 minutes). Remove the pancakes from the pan and drain on paper towels. Serve with ginger sour cream.


Sweet Latkes with
Cinnamon and Apple Sauce 


Servings: 6 pancakes

1 egg, well beaten 
1 tablespoon Wondra flour
2 teaspoons nutmeg or cinnamon 
3 cups of Cleo Coyle's Autumn Potatoes (click here for Cleo's free PDF of her recipe, which will give you 3 cups of garlic-carrot mashed potatoes)
Olive oil (enough for 1/2 inch in frying pan)

Directions: Follow cooking instructions in previous latke recipe. Top with cinnamon apple sauce (Connor used the chunky kind). You can also use vanilla yogurt or sour cream swirled with vanilla and cinnamon.

 



Cleo's Tip #1:

For best results, be sure to use 1/2 inch of olive oil. Don't skimp. Remember: It's the temperature of the oil that will give you greasy latkes and not the amount.

Just make sure the oil is hot enough before you plop in your first scoop of batter. As Connor advises, wait until the oil "shimmers." (As Esther advises, "It's the oil that's the mitzvah, so don't be stingy with it!") 




Plopping scoops of latke
batter into the hot oil.

Flatten with spatula.

Cleo's Tip #2:


Be patient. The pancakes will take 5 or 6 minutes to cook per side. The oil needs to be nice and hot (note the bubbling in the photo).

Flip with care: Allow the latkes to cook until nice and crispy on one side before flipping to the other or they may fall apart on you. And don't flip more than once. Just fry until crispy. Flip. Fry until crispy, and you're done.

When finished frying, drain them on a paper towel,
plate them up, add a little sour cream, and...


Eat with joy!



Delicious...

Thank you,
Connor!




Happy Chanukah,
everyone!


~ Cleo Coyle, author
of The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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HOLIDAY GRIND
by Cleo Coyle


Holiday Grind: 
A Coffeehouse Mystery,



“Fun and gripping…” —The Huffington Post 


“Some of the most vibrant characters I've ever read. Coyle also is a master of misdirection and red herrings. I challenge any reader to figure out whodunit before Coyle reveals all.” Mystery Scene


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mashed Potato Makeover! A Healthier and Prettier Thanksgiving Side Dish from Cleo Coyle

Beautiful, Nutritious, and Tres Tasty! :)
Cleo Coyle's pretty Autumn Potatoes

BUT FIRST, I HAVE SOME SWEET NEWS - Holiday Grind, which was a Top-9 national mystery bestseller in hardcover last year, is now a Top-4 mystery bestseller in paperback for TWO WEEKS in a row. :) 

I just got the word last night from my wonderful editor Wendy McCurdy. Even more exciting: Holiday Grind has moved up a bigger national list. It is now the 18th bestselling title of all paperbacks sold in the Barnes and Noble stores throughout the country. So I have got to take a moment to send... 


What is your MUST-HAVE
side dish at Thanksgiving?

Join the discussion in the
comments section below... 


Congrats to PAM of Oklahoma
for leaving a comment and
winning my Tuesday
latte cup giveaway!
 
BIG THANKS to my Coffeehouse Mystery readers (old and new), and the kind reviewers who took the time to read, review, or post a blog about my holiday book.

AND a HUGE thank you shout-out must go to my fellow, very talented crime-writing cooks on this blog for their generous support: Krista, Elizabeth, Avery, Julie, Jenn: You babes are the best! ~ Cleo


...and now back to our regularly scheduled recipe post. :)


For some people, Thanksgiving Dinner simply isn't complete without one or two (or more!) favorite side dishes. 
Cleo Coyle, counting down the
days to cranberry sauce while
writing her next Coffeehouse
Mystery

My favorite side dish is cranberry sauce. (Okay, so it's technically a condiment, but to me it's a major player.) Baby, without cranberry sauce, it ain't Thanksgiving Dinner.

As for my husband, Marc, he's a mashed potatoes man. Turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes are what absolutely define his Thanksgiving meal.

Given Marc's feelings, you can imagine the stress one year when we were so crazed and busy that we forgot to buy potatoes for Thanksgiving Dinner. The horror! The horror!

We did have a few potatoes in the kitchen but not enough to serve at table. Marc came up with the solution, garlic-carrot mashed potatoes. They were beautiful, a spectacular golden-orange fall color, and they were delicious in the extreme.

Not carrot-tasting, at all, by the way, just creamy, buttery, and garlicky. These autumnal taters were so darn flavorful that this recipe has become our all-time favorite way to make mashed potatoes.

What I also love about this recipe is its proportions. Can anyone not remember this?

   3 Potatoes - white is best or Yukon gold (not russets!)
+ 3 Carrots
+ 3 Cloves Garlic
+ 3 Tablespoons Butter (or Margarine)
________________


= 3 Cups of Autumn-colored Mashed Potatoes! (Enough to serve 4)

Of course, a great added bonus here are the health benefits from the garlic and the carrots (more fiber and vitamins). No milk or cream, so it can be made Vegan or Kosher by switching the butter for margarine.


Now let's get this side dish
cooking party started!




CLEO COYLE'S
GARLIC-CARROT
MASHED POTATOES




To get this recipe in a PDF document than you can print, save, or share, click here.





Ingredients:




3 medium white potatoes,
scrubbed, skins on
(about one pound)


White potatoes are best for creamy, smooth, delicious tasting mashed potatoes. Yukon gold will work, as well. But do not use russet potatoes, the results will not be as appealing.






3 large carrots,
peeled and diced
(about 8 ounces)











3 Cloves Garlic
3 Tablespoons butter
(or margarine)

1 tsp. salt and
salt and pepper to taste





METHOD

Step 1: Prepare the vegetables -
Peel and dice the carrots into one-half inch rings. Cut the potatoes into sections about one-half inch thick, halving the sections again if too large. Peel
and chop the garlic. 




Step 2: Start by boiling carrots alone - Carrots take longer to cook than potatoes so you're going to give them a head start. Bring a large saucepan of water to a rolling boil. Add the peeled and diced carrots, return to boil for 8 minutes, uncovered.




Step 3: Add the potatoes and garlic - After adding these ingredients, return the pot to a boil and simmer for approximately 20 minutes, uncovered, or until potatoes and carrots are soft enough to mash. 






Step 4: Drain well - Pour the cooked veggies and garlic into a strainer and make sure water is well drained. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Add butter or margarine and mash. We use a traditional hand-masher. Then, for a creamy finish, we whisk briskly with a fork until smooth (about 30 seconds). Salt and pepper to taste. (You can also go techno and use a hand-stick or immersion blender or throw everything into a food processor.)


We still use a hand masher. But a
hand stick (aka immersion) blender will
work great, too.
  

Our secret to making roughly mashed potatoes into
smoothly whipped is a vigorous 30-second beating,
in a deep bowl with a simple fork.


Yes. A simple fork.
And now we're ready to...





Eat with joy!


~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries 



HOLIDAY GRIND:
A Coffeehouse Mystery


The TOP-9 national
bestseller in hardcover
is now a
TOP-4 national bestseller
in paperback!!!!






  
To get more of my recipes,
win free coffee, or learn

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HOLIDAY GRIND

“Fun and gripping…” —The Huffington Post


“Some of the most vibrant characters I've ever read. Coyle also is a master of misdirection and red herrings. I challenge any reader to figure out whodunit before Coyle reveals all.”
Mystery Scene













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