Latke, rösti, placki - call it what you like, there's no denying grated, fried potato is the greatest thing on the planet. Hungry Jacks is in on the secret, whacking potato pancakes on cheeseburgers like they're going out of fashion. Frankly, I'm surprised KFC hasn't jumped on the bandwagon and replaced their buns with röstis yet (you heard it here first, folks).
I felt a bit like a PG-rated version of The Vulgar Chef as I stuffed ham and cheese into a food that would already use up your entire day's worth of calories in a single bite. I had every intention of making an apple sauce to cut through the richness of these fritters, but I ended up just grating some fresh, Granny Smith apple into sour cream which actually provided the freshness and zing I was looking for and saved a sh!tload of time.
ham and gruyere latkes with green apple sour cream
3 cups peeled, coarsely grated potato
1/2 brown onion, peeled, coarsely grated
150g coarsely grated gruyere
100g shaved ham, rolled and cut into thin strips
1/4 cup plain flour
Sea salt flakes and freshly cracked black pepper
1/2 cup peanut oil
GREEN APPLE SOUR CREAM
1 Granny Smith (green) apple, peeled, coarsely grated
300g sour cream
To make latke, place potato inside a muslin cloth (or Chux) and wring tightly over a sink to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. You might find it easier to do this in three batches. Pop squeezed, grated potato into a large bowl.
Add onion, cheese, ham, eggs and flour to the bowl. Use your clean hands to mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
Heat peanut oil in a heavy-based frypan (it's best not to use non-stick for this recipe if you can) over medium-high heat. Divide latke mixture into 8 equal portions. Fry in batches, pressing down the wet mixture with a spatula to form a flat pancake about 12cm in size. Once the pancake has browned on one side, carefully flip and fry the other side until brown. Drain on paper towel and then repeat with remaining mixture.
To make green apple sour cream, combine ingredients in a small bowl. Serve with hot latkes.