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Potato Fritters

Source: The Italian Gourmet
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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  35 Minutes
  Serves 4
In a strictly traditional lunch in Genoa these cuculli, a kind of rough and tasty croquette of fried potatoes, are served as a hot antipasto, or as a vegetable with stewed rabbit or lamb. Other Italian regions have similar dishes, but what makes the Genoese cuculli special is the fine flavor imparted by the marjoram and pine nuts.
2 lb floury potatoes
7 tablespoons butter
1 sprig marjoram
1/4 cup pine nuts
3 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 cup dry bread crumbs
olive oil, for frying
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Wash the potatoes thoroughly. Boil in plenty of salted water until cooked through. As soon as they have cooled enough to handle, peel the potatoes and mash them in a food mill, a potato ricer or with a fork. Add 4 tablespoons butter and beat vigorously until the potatoes are smooth and soft.

Pound the marjoram and pine nuts in a mortar and place in a bowl with the potatoes and a pinch of salt. One at a time, beat in the egg yolks, making sure each one is absorbed before adding the next. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of Parmesan, until the dough is soft but firm.

In a shallow bowl beat 2 egg whites with a fork or whisk. Place the breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl. Take about 2 teaspoons of the potato mixture and form it with your hands into a little ball. Dip it in the egg white and then in the breadcrumbs. Continue until all the potato "dough" is used. Put a large skillet on to heat with enough olive oil to cover the fritters. When the olive oil starts to smoke, fry the potato balls until they swell up and are evenly browned. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 616
Fat. Total: 37g
Fiber: 4g
Carbohydrates, Total: 58g
Sodium: 362mg
% Cal. from Fat: 54%
Cholesterol: 216mg
Protein: 15g
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Rating: 5
by: Tracy Reviewed: 08/23/2009
Try with oven roasted tomatoes!
Delicious...slowly oven dry some halved tomatoes with herbs, salt & pepper, sprinkle with just a few drops of balsamic & use as a 'relish' for the fritters. Makes a great counterpoint to the fluffy, crispy bites.
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