Potato cakes with mushrooms in a clay pot

Potato pancakes, also called as deruny, tertiukhy, and kremzlyky, are widely popular in Ukraine. This dish is a wonderful example of a really good Ukrainian comfort food. There are dozens of recipe variations, including the ones with mushrooms, cabbage, egg and onion, ground meat, etc.

Today we are going to serve amazing hash browns with champignons under a crust of melted cheese in a clay pot. Roasted together in one pot, crispy potato slapjacks and savory mushrooms taste decadently rich. Sounds delicious, isn’t it?

This one-pot meal is the one to cook if you need to feed a big family. It will make a fulfilling main course on your holiday table, even though is doesn’t contain any meat ingredients. Creatively made and vegan-friendly, this crowd-pleasing dish is gonna to enthuse all who will try it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 bulb onions
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 6-7 medium potatoes
  • 100 g (3,5 oz) hard cheese

Mushroom layer

  • 1 carrot
  • 1 bulb onion
  • 250 ml sour cream
  • 450 g (1 lb) champignons
  • vegetable oil (for frying)
  • ground black pepper – to taste
  • salt – to taste

Cooking

Peel, wash, and grate potatoes and bulb onions. As potatoes have a lot of excess moisture that can hinder getting crispy cakes, I advise you to squeeze them. Then toss the potato-onion mass with an egg and sour cream (sour cream and onion will not let the potato to darken when cooked). Season the mass with salt and pepper.

Peel and rinse champignons, carrot, and bulb onion. Cut champignons into medium pieces, grate the carrot, and chop the onion.

Preheat vegetable oil in a frying pan and transfer the mushrooms there. Next add the onion and carrot. Sauté the ingredients, and in 5 minutes till the end of cooking, stir in sour cream and salt.

Drop a tablespoon of the potato mass into the pan and flatten it out. Fry for 5-7 minutes until the bottom is browned. Then flip over and fry on the other side. Repeat until the remaining potato mass is used, while adding more oil as needed. Drain the hash browns on a paper towel.

Note that the size of your pancakes should not be too big in order to fit the diameter of your clay pot.

Arrange the prepared ingredients in clay pots in layers: mushrooms – harsh brown – mushrooms – pancake. Repeat till pots are completely filled.

Grate cheese and top the ingredients with it. Place the pots in an oven for a quarter of an hour in the preheated oven to 220°C (428°F).

Once you open the clay pots and reveal the flavor of hot steaming mushrooms and browned potato slapjacks covered with golden melted cheese, all your family members will rush to the kitchen.

Enjoy your meal!

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