Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
- 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 red or orange bell pepper, chopped very fine
- 2 jalapeño peppers, minced (about 4 tablespoons)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chile powder (or to taste)
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 3/4 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese (or farmers cheese, or mild feta)
- 1 large white potato
- 1 large sweet potato
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons flour
- Vegetable oil and butter for frying
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Sauté the onions and garlic in the olive oil until golden and soft.
- Add the chopped pepper, 2 tablespoons minced jalapeño, cumin, chile powder, and salt to taste. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes on low heat, until vegetables are golden and very tender.
- Raise heat to medium. Stir in 2 tablespoons flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup vegetable broth, lower heat, and simmer for 10 minutes, until most of the liquid is evaporated and you have a thick sauce.
- Stir in the cheese and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until cheese has blended into the sauce. Keep sauce barely warm while you prepare the pancakes.
- Peel and finely grate the potatoes. Press grated potatoes between paper towels to remove excess water.
- Stir 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons minced jalapeño, and 3 tablespoons flour into the potatoes. Season generously with salt.
- Heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil and 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet on medium heat.
- When oil is hot, add tablespoons of potato batter to skillet. Flatten and shape into round pancakes with a spatula. Oil should be hot enough that pancakes sizzle gently.
- Cook pancakes for about 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown, pressing down gently with spatula. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels, and repeat with rest of batter.
- Pancakes can be kept warm in a 200 degree oven for up to 30 minutes, on a cookie sheet lined with paper towels.
- Serve pancakes warm with cheese sauce.
Makes about 15-20 pancakes.