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Garbanzo Bean and Potato Latkes (P, TNT)
Source: Bon Appetit December 1996
Serves: 8

18 ounces white potatoes, about 3 medium
3/4 cup chopped leek, white and pale green parts only
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2-1/4 cups drained canned garbanzo beans/chickpeas; about 1-1/2 15-ounce cans
3 large garlic cloves
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1-1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons plus additional all purpose flour
vegetable oil (for frying)
Red Bell Pepper Harissa (click here for recipe)

Cook potatoes in pot of boiling salted water until tender. Drain; refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes.

Peel potatoes; grate coarsely into large bowl. Mix in leek and cilantro.

Blend garbanzo beans, garlic, cumin, salt, pepper and baking powder in processor until almost smooth. Stir into potato mixture. Mix in 3 tablespoons flour.

Using floured hands, shape 2 rounded tablespoons mixture into ball; flatten into 1/2"-thick disk, about 2" in diameter. Place on lightly floured baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture, forming about 24 fritters. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Sprinkle lightly with flour. Cover and refrigerate.)

Pour enough oil into 2 heavy large skillets to reach depth of 1/4". Heat over medium heat until sprinkle of water sizzles in oil. Coat each fritter with flour. Fry fritters until brown, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towels; drain.

Overlap 3 fritters on each plate. Spoon Red Bell Pepper Harissa (click here for recipe) alongside.

Poster's Notes: I'm just thrilled I found a recipe I'm planning to use, that fits the current theme. This sounds like a cross between latkes and falafel and I expect it to be yummy.

Posted by Gypsy/Phyllis Wilson

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A