Potato Pancakes with Sour Cream Chipotle Sauce

This chile pepper is often mislabeled ‘Pasilla’, which is a different pepper entirely.It is one of the most popular chiles in Mexico and has won the appreciation of many a chef worldwide because of the superior flavor it has over regular bell peppers.

They have a tough outer skin that usually requires roasting and peeling before use. These very large chile peppers are most popular in chiles rellenos recipes, but cooking with these as a substitute for bell peppers in any recipe will enhance the flavor.

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Ingredients:

Sour Cream ­Chipotle Sauce:

2 tsp. prepared chipotle sauce
1/3 cup sour cream (low-fat if desired)
1 Tbsp. milk
1 Tbsp. chopped chives

For the pancakes:

2-3/4 pounds unpeeled red potatoes
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 Tbsp. flour
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots or red onion
1/2 cup finely chopped scallions, white and green parts
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
2-1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. granulated garlic or 1 Tbsp. chopped roasted garlic
1 small poblano chile, roasted, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
vegetable oil for frying

Instructions:

Sauce:

Whisk ingredients together. Warm in a pan or microwave oven before serving.

For the pancakes:

Quarter the potatoes and grate them in a food processor. Wrap the potatoes in a cheesecloth or other cloth and squeeze as much liquid as possible into a large bowl. Set the potatoes aside. Let the liquid sit for 15 minutes, then pour off the water, leaving the potato starch in the bottom of the bowl. To the starch, add the remaining ingredients except for the oil and grated potatoes. Mix together, then toss with the potatoes.

In a large skillet heat 1/4″ of oil over medium-high heat. Drop heaping tablespoons of the potato mixture into the oil. Flatten with a spatula and cook them until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes on each side. Drain the potatoes on paper towels. Serve the pancakes immediately with warm sour cream ¬≠chipotle sauce. Makes 20 to 24 pancakes.

Recipe from The Original Tilas, Houston.