Sunday, January 20, 2013

Potatoes Hortano Cakes

Did I mention how friggin awesome Whole Foods instant mashed potato flakes are???!!???  Well, they are! Not only are they convenient at meal times but they are also proving to be a huge plus as a recipe ingredient.

The Quick to Take Cupcakes win the best gluten free vegan cake I have ever made.  Hands. Down. Delicious.  I have always used mashed potato flakes in my meatloaf mixes.  Boil some cauliflower in water with Bragg's and margarine, add some mashed potato flakes and purée with stick blender and it is soup!

Today I wanted to make something easy for Bub to eat. He is worlds better but not quite there yet. These will give him a boost to keep chugging away at all the homework he has from missing an entire week of school. Thankfully, there is no school tomorrow! I was really hoping for new semester, new classes, a better Bub. This was not the way to start!

Potatoes are his favorite food group. He earned the nickname above at a very young age.  Now that he is older, he grows his own potatoes in the garden he and Derek have here.  It's pretty amazing the things they grow and how infinitely better they are than the things I get at the store.

Potato Cakes

1-1/4 cups mashed potato flakes
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup GF baking mix
2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 cups plain Soymilk, warmed, plus another separate 1/4 cup
3 tablespoons melted margarine
1 egg replacer egg

Combine potato flakes, baking mix, baking powder and salt in medium bowl.  Combine Soymilk, egg replacer and margarine in small bowl.  Add liquids to dry ingredients. Do not over stir. It should be lumpy and with no dry spots.  If you need a little more soy, just drizzle in the areas that need it from the 1/4 cup listed above. It should look like mashed loose potatoes and not like pancake batter.

Drop by spoonfuls and smash down with back of spoon on to pancake griddle set at 375 or pan fry in an oiled frypan until golden brown and crispy on the edges. The smaller you make them, the more crispy sides you will enjoy! They will rise in the middle like pancakes so don't smash them down after you flip.

Serve with sour cream and chives or plain yogurt and fruit. I have a little prosciutto that Bub will find as the perfect mate to these! Maple syrup doesn't sound at all bad to me either!

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