Friday, 2 September 2016

Crispy grated potatoes - gluten free

This is for my coeliac (gluten intolerant), vegan (and vegetarian) friends, and of course, for all potatoes lovers.

I was born a farmer - as I already said – and potatoes were grown every year. I can't imagine a life without this tuberous because I absolutely love potatoes. I eat them in every shape and form.

I used to think that this recipe was invented by me when I was eight. It seems that other people had the same idea though. Never mind.
You have no idea how many recipes farmers invent all the time.


This, is by far, the most dear to me. Every time I miss my country and family, I cook it and instantly it takes me back in time, when I used to cook for eight or more people (my family). Inestimable memories.

It is simple, fast and easy to make. You only need fifteen to twenty minutes, depending on your cooking skills.

You need a grater and a frying pan. It is essential for the frying pan to be anti-adherent, but most are, right?

Preparation time: 15 - 20 minutes
Degree of difficulty: low
Serves: 2 people

1. 5-6 medium-sized red potatoes2. 1 + 1 tablespoons oil (I use olive oil)
3. a pinch of salt
4. a pinch of black pepper
5. dried garlic
Optional:
6. paprika/chili (I always add it because I like spicy)
7. grated cheese – If you are not vegan – You'll add this at the very end, when the potatoes are on the plate, still hot.

  • Coarsely grate (on the large holes of a box grater) the potatoes and season. - You don't need to peel them, but in Romania, is unthinkable to not peel the potatoes. We give the skin to the pigs. :D - 
  • Heat half the fat in a small, heavy-based frying pan until sizzling, and then add the grated potato, allow to cook for a couple of minutes (until golden)
  • Turn it over using a big plate (have a look to this video – It is in Romanian, and it's a frittata, but you can see the "moves")
  • Add the rest of the oil to the pan and, slide the potato cake (yes, it will look like a frittata or a cake) back into the pan the other way up. Cook for another 5-7 minutes, then serve hot with pickles (Romanian style) or any salad.

This could be served with fried eggs, any type of meat or fish or plain simple.
So delicious. You need to try it!

Pictures from De gustibus non est disputandum. - On this blog (mine) I have various interpretations of this recipe, most are vegan, and all are to die for!

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