Criques de Gramat, Potato Cakes from France’s Lot Valley

We thought this recipe sounded so good that we had to run home and make these divine cakes. This truly may be the best potato recipe ever, especially if you love crispy!

-Coarsely grate 2 pounds of potatoes.

-Put them into a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out as much moisture as you can.

-Put the potatoes in a large mixing bowl and add the following…

-2/3 cup Gruyere cheese

2 finely chopped garlic cloves

½ cup diced ham or bacon

2 TBS finely chopped rosemary or sage

2 large eggs

¼ cup white flour or 1/8 cup rice flour

¼ tsp sea salt

-Mix well.

-Take a small handful of the mixture and shape into a cake about 2 inches wide and ½ inch thick

-Make 6 cakes and put them on a plate.

-Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

-Put another 2 TBS of the fat you are using on another baking sheet and pop it in the oven until it melts.

-You are going to brown each cake then finish them in the oven.

-Heat 2-4 TBS ghee in a large frying pan and then cook 4-6 cakes at a time over medium heat, browning both sides.

-When all cakes are browned, pop them in the oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes, flipping half way through the cooking process.

-The outside of the cake should be golden and crisp and the inside should be meltingly soft.