Kotlett- Super Bowl Sunday, Persian Style!

by Marjan

Looking forward to Super Bowl Sunday? Even if you are not into football, you must admit, the food, the parties, and drinks can be quiet fun. As a savorychick, you know I am going to make it fun by preparing delicious meals for Sunday! For me, it’s all about cooking.

I’m not going to share with you the archetypal recipes for seven layer dip, nachos, etc. Allow me to introduce to you one of my favorite, fun to make and eat, Persian recipes: Kotlett (coat-let).



With past recipes I have shared with you, it has always been about eating healthy. But it’s good to sometimes treat your palate to recipes that are sinfully good.

Kotlett is a traditional deep fried potato patty blended with ground beef, herbs and spices. For those of you who don’t want to break your New Year’s resolution, you can still enjoy this recipe. I will give you little tricks to keep the calories low, and still enjoy the flavors of Kotlett. Also, I have added my own twist to this classic recipe to add more layers of flavor, color, and fun.



Kotlett can be prepared before your guests arrive and enjoyed during the game. It can be enjoyed as individual patties or as a sandwich with condiments such as pickled mini cucumbers, olives, peppercini, tomato slices, arugula, basil, onion slices, ketchup, mayo, tobacco sauce, etc. Or why not all of the above! That’s how I like my sandwich. You can embellish your table with a spread of different styles of bread such as pita, lavash flat bread wraps, or the traditional French baguette. Use the condiments to add color and a festive flare to the table. Ask your guests to mix and match condiments to make their own unique sandwiches. It can be just as fun and enjoyable as the game.

Caution: no one can have just one patty! So make sure you make plenty!




Kotlett- Traditional Recipe

10 large russet potatoes- peel and shred using large side of shredder. Strain out all juices.
2 medium yellow onion- peel and shred using large side of shredder. Strain out all juices.
2 pounds of ground beef (9% fat preferred to minimize fat content)
(you can substitute with 2 pounds of ground turkey)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 ½ - 2 teaspoon of salt
2 eggs
Canola oil for frying

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine well using your hands, all the above ingredients.
2. In a large frying pan, place about half an inch of oil (measuring from the bottom center of your pan) over medium heat. Once the oil is hot enough to fry, take about one large tablespoon of your mix, form it into a tight ball using both hands. Use your hands to pat and flatten out mixture into a flat shaped oval patty- exactly the shape of a flat American ‘football’!

3. Carefully slide the patty from your hand into the hot oil. Be careful to not drop the patty into the oil, as it might splatter and burn. The oil should immediately form fast little bubbles and begin to fry the patty. If your oil is not hot enough, bring up the heat slightly to prevent soggy patties. If the oil is too hot, bring down the heat allowing the Kotlett patties to cook well on the inside and develop an even, dark brown outer surface.

4. Continue to make more patties to fill your pan (making sure patties are not sticking together, giving each patty room to fry thoroughly). Check your patties constantly to achieve a uniform, dark brown surface; one by one, flip the cooked patties to allow the same color and cooking to occur on the other side of the patty. Once the patties are well browned on both sides, remove from oil and continue to fry the remaining mix.

Hint: on a large platter, place 2-3 layers of paper towels. One by one, as you take out the cooked patties from the oil, place it on the paper towels to drain excess oil from the Kottlet. Place more towels on top to keep your patties warm.

Kotletts can be served hot or at room temperature. They taste great even cold the next day.


Kotlett- Fusion Recipe

Make all the above ingredients and add:
1 large green bell pepper – remove seeds and shred using large side of shredder and strain out all juices
1 large red jalapeno- finely chopped, discard seeds if you don’t like it spicy
1-2 teaspoon of your favorite dried herb such as marjoram, fenugreek, mint, basil, Italian seasoning, etc.
Be creative! If you wish to use more than one herb, use a combination of herbs; it’s even better this way. I like a little more spice, so I add chili flakes, and a mixture of oregano, thyme, rosemary, etc.

Follow the instructions to make and fry the patties.

To experience both recipes, I suggest making the traditional recipe mixture; before frying, separate mix into equal halves. To one of your halves add all the ingredients for the Fusion recipe. Follow instructions for frying the patties. First fry the traditional recipe and follow it up with the fusion.

Hope your favorite team wins!

Nooshe Jan.

Comments

  1. Im liking football shaped foods! Steeeeeeeeelers!

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