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Potato Sunflowers or Nests
From Dorothy McNett's recipes at www.dorothymcnett.com. One medium potato will make 4-5 nests or flowers. This is a decorative touch for hashed brown potatoes!
2-3 medium potatoes (even great with yams or sweet potatoes)
Peel (or not!) and then coarsely shred potatoes, using a grater, mandolin or food processor. In a heavy bottomed skillet heat enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan to be about 1/8 inch, until it is hot and hazy, but not smoking. Drop rounded tablespoons of potatoes in the oil and spread a little, keeping the cakes thin so they look flower-like. Saute until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes total. Place on paper towels, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve. Dollop a bit of a good mustard or mustard sauce into the center of each to serve, tucking in a thinly sliced bit of carrot if desired to make a flower like presentation.
Recipe created 2004-04-05.