Blender Potato Pancakes

Potatoes can contribute much to the goal of greater regional food sustainability. Potatoes offer good levels of protein, carbohydrates, vitamin C and significant amounts of calcium and other minerals. Unlike many grains which require equipment for harvesting, threshing, grinding, etc, a shovel is all one needs to grow and harvest potatoes. Potatoes have had a long history in this region’s agricultural economy . . . and not just for food: historically, they have been used for starch for sizing in New England’s textile mills . . . and in potato whiskey. Here is one of my favorite recipes for potatoes:

Blender Potato Pancakes
(A quick meal for two . . . or a hungry one)

2 local potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 local egg
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 Tablespoons local flour
2 slices local onion
salt & pepper to taste

local butter and/or cooking oil

Put 1/2 the potatoes and the next 5 items in food processor or blender. Blend to a batter and slowly add the rest of the potatoes. Drop by heaping spoonfuls in heated frying pan (greased with butter/oil. ) Cook til golden on both sides. Serve with homemade applesauce or pear sauce and local yogurt, sour cream, or VT Butter and Cheese Creme Fraiche.

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2 Responses to Potatoes!

  1. Carol Egbert says:

    Congratulations on your blog. It’s both interesting and lovely to look at. I enjoyed reading you piece about salt. I’m writing about potatoes for my next column in the paper so this post was of particular interest. I like my topped with lots of sour cream and pepper. What does a localvore do about pepper?

  2. uvlocalvores says:

    Hi Carol,
    Interesting that you should ask: I was surprised when I took my first 100-Mile Diet Challenge; it was not coffee that I missed most . . . it was black pepper. All who took the challenge quickly understood what Marco Polo was all about! (Many herbs are grown locally but we are a spice-challenged region.) Thereafter, Localvore challenges allowed for spices and leavening agents (such as baking powder and baking soda) and limited wild cards for coffee and black tea, etc. Some Localvores call these “Marco Polo exceptions”. Being a Localvore has made me more aware of environmental, social, and health issues related to the spice trade. The Economist had a fascinating article on the history of the spice trade: http://www.economist.com/node/179810?story_id=179810
    I always recommend that Localvores look to Frontier Natural Products Co-op at our local co-ops for bulk spices; Frontier focuses on ethical sourcing of their products. http://www.frontiercoop.com/company/about.html
    I look forward to your Valley News article on potatoes!

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