Friday, March 15, 2013

Waffle Iron Potato and Zucchini Pancakes

I am always looking for new ways to cook healthier food. We just love latke and pancakes but I am turned off with the fact that in order to make them nice and crispy outside and soft inside I have to use quite a bit of fat; one reason that until recently they were not on my menu very often. Then, while cleaning my small kitchen appliance storage area it hit me: use an electric waffle iron! Not only is it healthier but also heck of a lot cleaner. Both of these points make it a real winner.

2 medium russet potatoes, coarsely shredded
2 medium zucchini, coarsely shredded
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp. ground white pepper
1 large egg
2 green onions, chopped
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour


Place the grated zucchini and potato in a stainless steel bowl and season with salt and pepper. Let rest for up to 30 minutes. Place the mix in a kitchen towel and squeeze to remove some of the liquid. Transfer back to a bowl, mix in the beaten egg, green onions and flour. The consistency should be that of a thick pancake batter. If the mix is too thick, add some milk, if it is too runny, add more flour.
Preheat the waffle iron and cook the mix just like you would regular waffles. I cooked mine about 6 minutes but since every iron has a different power you have to experiment for the first time you make them.
Serve with plain sour cream or yogurt.