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The Potato Year: 300 Classic Recipes

The Potato Year

By Lucy Madden

Published 2015

  • About

German cuisine includes some of the most innovative and varied ways of cooking potatoes. This recipe originated in Bavaria.

Ingredients

  • 14 oz (400 g) potatoes, peeled
  • Salt
  • 3 fl oz (75 ml) milk
  • 1 oz (25 g) butter
  • A little ground nutmeg
  • 2 oz (50 g) flour, sifted
  • 2 eggs
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying

Method

Cook the potatoes in salted water until soft. Drain, dry and put through a sieve. Bring the milk, butter and nutmeg to the boil and mix in the flour.

Over the heat, stir the mixture until it leaves the sides of the pan clean. Add the eggs one by one and finally the potato. Mix until smooth. Take soup-spoonfuls of this mixture and deep-fry until golden.

The writer Mark Twain, a great potato lover (he is said to have brought his American cook to London out of reluctance at being parted from her creamed potatoes), was guest of honour at a banquet hosted by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. The one thing he remembered about the evening was the potatoes, which reminded him of his boyhood in Missouri. An apprentice on a newspaper, he used to steal potatoes from the editor’s cellar and cook them on the print shop’s stove.

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