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Bobby Flay’s Potato Pancakes with Pear Chutney

Serves 4 to 6

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INGREDIENTS
  • For the Pear Chutney:

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely grated

  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice

  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

  • 4 ripe Bosc Pears, peeled, cored and cut into small dice

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (depending on how sweet or tart you want it)

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 cup crème fraiche

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 large baking potato (1 pound), peeled

  • 1 small onion peeled
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of baking powder
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Canola oil, for frying
PREPARATION

For the pear chutney, bring water to a boil over medium heat. Add the ginger, allspice and scraped vanilla bean seeds; stir. Add the pears and cranberries, and cook until pears cook down and become soft, and cranberries pop completely. Stir occasionally. Coarsely mash to a chunky consistency. Season with salt and pepper, check for sweetness, adding more sugar if necessary. Let cool to room temperature.

Whisk together crème fraiche and black pepper. Add salt to taste, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld.

Using a box grater, coarsely shred the potato and onion. Transfer to a colander or wrap in a cheesecloth sling and squeeze as dry as possible. Let stand for 2 minutes then squeeze dry again. Put the potato/onion mixture in a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, egg, salt and pepper, and gently fold to combine.

In a large cast-iron skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil until shimmering. Drop heaping tablespoons of the potato mixture into the skillet and flatten them with the back of the spoon. Cook the pancakes over moderately high heat until the edges are golden, about 1 1/2-2 minutes. Flip and cook until golden on the bottom, about 1 minute. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining potato mixture, adding more oil to the skillet as needed.  Serve pancakes topped with chutney and a small dollop of pepper crème fraîche.

To reheat them, place in a single layer on a cookie sheet in a 400°F oven until they’re crisp again. Bonus: If you undercooked them a bit or didn’t get the browning on them you’d hoped for, you can compensate for this in the oven.

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