Saturday, October 23, 2010

Draniki (Russian potato patties)

This is probably my favorite dish, my mom used to make it for me when I was a little girl. This is definitely my kind of comfort food :)


6-7 potatoes (medium sized)
2 Tbs. flour
Sunflower oil (you can use any oil but it tastes the best with sunflower oil)
1 tsp salt
1 egg

Peel and grate the potatoes (this is done much easier with a food processor). Put the grated potatoes in a bowl. Add egg, flour and salt and mix it all together. Heat some oil in a pan on medium high heat, only when the oil is hot (you can test the oil by adding a drop of water into the pan. If the oil is hot enough it will spit). Scoop some of the potato mixture with you hand and form a flat patty (try to squeeze any fluids out of the patty before putting it in the pan, this will make the patties crispy!). After about 2 minutes (when the patty is brown and crispy) use a spatula to flip it to the other side. Fry the other side until it is also nicely browned (about 2-3 minutes). As you continue forming your patties you will notice that more fluid is forming, make sure to squeeze out most of the fluid before cooking the rest of the draniki. Add oil as required. Serve hot on it's own or with a salad. Enjoy!

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