Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Potato and Courgette Pancakes

This year has been a good one for courgettes, and I've been looking for recipes which use them. I'm not really a fan of stuffed marrow and although I have tried roasting and frying, both those methods produce more of a side dish than a main meal.

However, I get the Everyday Cheapskate newsletter from Mary Hunt's Debt-Proof Living and every week it features a selection of recipes. One week the theme was courgettes, and I scribbled down a couple of recipes.

A delicious way to eat your vegetables

Courgette and potato pancakes. I wouldn't have thought of it on my own, but it was great. My friend Anna was visiting and we cooked it together, which was fun, and she also liked them a lot.

Because the recipe was written in American cups, I had to do some rough calculations to make the numbers work properly. We used about 250g of peeled, grated courgette, 375g of grated potato, three eggs, and 250g of flour. Other than the grating, which is pretty tricky if you've only got a flat grater (beware your fingers), it was very simple - put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix them, then fry spoonfuls into a patty shape. Due to a lack of plain flour we had to use self-raising, which had an interesting effect. I think thin, flat pancakes are the way to go if you want to be sure they're cooked all the way through!

They were nice on their own, but we also tried them with ketchup and salad cream. Mayonnaise would have been good as well but I didn't think we had any.

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