Monday, June 1, 2009

Spinach Potato Pancakes

We like spinach, we like potatoes, and we like - and really, who doesn't? - pancakes. So it was that this Sunday, while contemplating what would best hit the family brunch-spot, I asked myself the gastronomical question: why not combine them? Which I then proceeded to do, and with excellent results; they're kind of like the Mashed Potatoes with Greens I posted a few months ago, only interpreted as crispy, fried pancakes. This is an excellent way to use up leftover cooked potatoes (which my dad used to do), but since we didn't have any on hand I pierced and microwaved a few, and then mashed them up with the other ingredients. With some sauteed mushrooms and stewed tomatoes on the side, this was a relatively quick, delicious, and filling mid-day meal.

Spinach Potato Pancakes
~ 4-6 medium potatoes, pierced and microwaved until mashable (or boiled)
~ 2 tbsp. olive oil
~ 1 small onion, chopped
~ 1 tbsp. minced garlic
~ 10 oz. baby spinach, finely chopped
~ 1/3-1/2 cup plain, unsweetened soy milk
~ 1 tsp. salt
~ 1/2 tsp. each: thyme, paprika
~ Pinch nutmeg
~ Black pepper to taste
~ 1/2 cup flour
~ Oil for frying

~ Place a lightly greased baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 300 degrees fahrenheit.
~ In a skillet, heat the olive oil and saute the onion and garlic for about 3-5 minutes, until softened but not browned. Remove from heat and set aside.
~ Cut up the cooked potatoes and transfer to a large bowl. Add the soy milk, dry seasonings, and spinach and mash until well combined.
~ Add the flour and mix to get a stiff batter; you should be able to pick it up and form a patty with it.
~ Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a skillet (cast iron is great). Form the batter into patties about 3" across and fry in barches of four over medium heat for about 2 minutes on each side.
~ As each batch is finished, transfer them to the preheated baking sheet to keep warm until you've used up all your batter.
~ Et voila! It's spinach, it's potatoes, it's's spinach potato pancakes!


  1. Mmmm yum! My favourites foods together cooked in my favourite way!

  2. Mmmm they look AWESOME! I have Spinach AND Potatoes that need to be used up! Thanks for the recipe.

  3. This is my kind of recipe. Can't wait to try that.