These are crispy fried potato cakes with a tuna and light vegetable filling that is just delicious. DH liked them with the tuna added though it is not traditional. If you prefer you can leave the tuna out for the original vegetarian version. I serve them with a corn free ketchup and plain yogurt to dip them in, sour cream would be good too. The original recipe is from the Iraqi section of The Complete Middle East Cookbook by Tess Mallos.
My version of this recipe started with a recipe in a magazine. The original recipe called for carrots, beans, peas, and squash artistically arranged in an ovenproof bowl (as the shell for the mashed potatoes). That seemed so time consuming. I decided to limit the veggie shell to sliced carrots. You can use any combination of vegetables you like for the shell.
A nice, easy preparation for a side dish that you will want to put in to your repetoire for summer and beyond. This recipe can be cooked on a BBQ grill, stovetop grill or even in a sandwich/panini maker. Adjust herbs and spices to fit your taste or menu. I'm thinking Cajun would be darned good. Experiment with different types of potatoes, too.
Beautifully soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, these little potatoes are a treat! Using a garlic or herb-infused olive oil would really take them over the top, or try tossing in a bit of fresh herbs at the end. Delicious!
Great any time, particularly good on a campout on the camp stove, we have even done over an open fire, in a cast iron pot, a little ash never hurt.
(the amount of salt has been corrected to 1 teaspoon, sorry it was a typo)
This recipe travels well! Bake it first reheat in a moderate oven. It can be stored in the fridge for up to two days. I like to put "Baker's helper " sheet (layered aluminum sheet to prevent burning) under the pie plate. When you put in the layers of potatoes take your time and do it artistically so the top layer looks attractive with the swirl of potatoes. This is very attractive and I love the combination of Leeks with the two types of potatoes