Mashed Potato, Kale and Feta Cheese Pancakes
- 2 cups matzo farfel
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cups chopped fresh kale
- 2 cups mashed potatoes
- 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- 1 large egg, beaten
- salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- vegetable oil for frying
Makes about 16-18 pancakes, 6-8 servings
Place the matzo farfel in a bowl, cover with very hot water and let soak for a few minutes until soft. Drain the farfel and squeeze out as much water as possible. Return the drained farfel to the bowl. While the matzo farfel is soaking, heat the olive oil and butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. When the butter has melted and looks foamy, add the onion and cook for a minute. Add the kale, cover the pan and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes, or until the kale has wilted. Spoon the mixture into a strainer and squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the vegetables. Add to the matzo farfel and mix ingredients to distribute them evenly. Add the mashed potatoes, feta cheese and egg and mix ingredients thoroughly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Heat about 1/2-inch vegetable oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Shape the potato mixture into patties and fry for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Excerpted from The Modern Kosher Kitchen: More than 125 Inspired Recipes for a New Generation of Kosher Cooks. Photos by Glenn Scott Photography. Fair Winds Press, 2014.