Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello
Episode: Game Night!
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Total:
4 hr
Prep:
40 min
Inactive:
2 hr 45 min
Cook:
35 min
Yield:
40 fritters
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 envelope (1 1/8 teaspoon) active dry yeast
  • 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Cold water
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 4 to 6 cups peanut oil, for deep-frying

Directions

To make the sponge: In a small bowl, combine the water, flour and yeast. Mix well and set aside in a warm place until yeasty-smelling and covered in very small bubbles, about 45 minutes. 

In a medium saucepan, cover the potatoes with cold water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, add 1 tablespoon of sea salt. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook until the potatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain and mash the potatoes with a fork. Allow them to cool. 

In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and olive oil until thoroughly combined. In a bowl, combine cooled potatoes with the sponge, flour, sage, lemon zest, pepper, and 2 teaspoons of salt. Mix to evenly distribute the ingredients. Add the egg mixture to potato mixture, and stir until thoroughly combined. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl. You should have a thick, sticky batter. Add a bit more flour, if needed. Cover the bowl with a towel and set aside in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. 

Heat the oil in a deep-fryer to 375 degrees F. 

Scoop 1 tablespoon of the risen batter at a time, and use another spoon to scrape it into the hot oil. Don't crowd the fryer. Fry fritters until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes, turning them over occasionally. Drain the fritters on paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Sprinkle with sat and serve warm.

Cook's Note

Entertaining Tip: You can fry up a couple of batches of these an hour before your guests arrive and simply heat them again in a 300F oven before serving. Or keep warm in a 250F oven after making them. The fritters are great alone but they are equally great with a couple of dipping sauces.

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