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Crispy Scallion Potato Pancakes

  • TOTAL TIME: 40 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 8 to 10
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • VEGETARIAN

Tyler Florence lives on the border between New York City's Chinatown and the Lower East Side, a historically Jewish neighborhood. His potato pancakes—salty and crunchy on the outside, warm and silky on the inside—are a Chinese-Jewish hybrid: part scallion pancake, part latke.

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  1. 4 1/2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and shredded on the large holes of a box grater
  2. 1 bunch of scallions, both white and green parts, very finely chopped
  3. 1 large egg white
  4. 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  6. 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  1. Squeeze the shredded potatoes dry. In a large bowl, using 2 forks, mix the shredded potatoes with the scallions, egg white, salt and pepper.
  2. Set two 10-inch nonstick skillets over high heat. Add 3 tablespoons of oil to each skillet. Add the potato mixture to the skillets and press into firm cakes. Set a heatproof plate or glass pie plate over each cake just to cover it. Weight down each plate with a large, heavy can and reduce the heat to moderate. Cook for 5 minutes. Uncover carefully and slide the cakes onto plates. Add 3 tablespoons of the remaining oil to each skillet. Carefully invert the potato cakes and return them to the skillets. Press the cakes firmly and cook until they are browned and crisp on the bottom, about 12 minutes longer. Slide the potato cakes onto a work surface. Cut into wedges and serve.
Make Ahead The potato cakes can be cooked up to 4 hours ahead. Just before serving, cut them into wedges and cook in a nonstick skillet over moderate heat for about 4 minutes per side.