This battle at first baffled me but then I had an idea: apple hash browns. Of course, there was the donut issue until I realized I could use it like a ‘flour’ in the recipe. So, the hash browns went away and I was thinking about the zucchini fritters I do with all the extra zuchs from the garden. Hash brown? Grated zuchs? You could actually see the lightbulb glowing above my head. I would use the potato for the zucchini, the apple replaced the onion and donuts would be my flour. Cheese goes well with both apple pie and baked potato so cheese was a given ingredient from the original recipe. All I had to deal with was the sour cream. BINGO! A dipping sauce; a sweet one. Thus was born the Potato-Apple fritters. The cinnamon donuts added a layer of flavor not expected and the dipping sauce really highlighted the flavor. So… How were they received? I couldn’t make them fast enough for the test group of 3 ladies. Let’s just say that Being Dainty made a fast exit out the front door and the screen door almost got her!! The testers snarfled this little yummies right down.
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 Tbl mayonnaise
- 2 Tbl brown sugar (more or less to your taste)
- 1 Tbl honey (more or less to your taste)
Mix all the ingredients together and let sit in frig until needed.
- 3 or 4 small potatoes
- 1 large apple (I used a Red Delicious since the Granny's looked bad at the store)
- 6 cinnamon donuts (the little ones, about 2 inches in diameter)
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 beaten egg
- salt and pepper to taste
Peel and shred the potatoes into a medium bowl.. Core and shred the apple into the same bowl. Squeeze the water (liquid) from the shredded mess. You want the mixture to be a little dry to start. Finely crumble up the donuts into the bowl over the potato/apple mixture. Add the cheese. Beat an egg and add to mixture. Stir well mixing the ingredients. Add a little salt and pepper. The salt will draw excess moisture out of the potatoes and apples to help mix the ingredients.
Note: If the mixture is too runny, you can add a dash of regular flour or corn meal.
In a skillet, drizzle about 2 Tblspns of olive oil and heat to about 350 degrees.
Drop small 'haystacks' of mixture into the hot skillet and tamp down a bit to make about 2 inch circles. When golden brown on one side, flip over to fry the opposite side. You may want to sprinkle a little more salt on while they are frying - your option. Serve w/ sauce.
Note 2: If you don't like cinnamon, you could use plain donuts.