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Idaho Potato Pumpkin & Pepita Patties

Idaho Potato Pumpkin & Pepita PattiesWith traditional flavors of autumn, these spicy, low-fat pan-fried potato and pumpkin patties, laced with toasted pumpkin seeds are wonderful served with a dollop of cranberry sauce.

Recipe Ingredients:

3 cups instant Idaho Potato flakes - divided use
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup egg substitute - divided use
3/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds), shelled, roasted and salted
1 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
Cooking spray
Whole cranberry sauce for accompaniment

Cooking Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, using a whisk or wooden spoon, combine 2 cups of the potato flakes with the milk, pumpkin, 1/3 cup of the egg substitute, the pepitas and the seasonings. Mix until well blended; set aside.
  2. Place the remaining 2/3 cup egg substitute in a small bowl. Place the remaining 1 cup of potato flakes into a pie plate.
  3. Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray.
  4. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop the reserved potato-pumpkin batter into your clean hands and form into 2 1/2-inch wide patties. Dip each patty into the egg substitute, then into the potato flakes, coating both sides. Repeat until you have enough to fill the skillet.
  5. Fry the patties in the hot skillet, cooking until golden brown on each side. Coat the skillet with more cooking spray if the patties begin to stick. Transfer cooked patties to a platter. Continue to form and fry patties until all the batter is used.
  6. Serve patties warm or at room temperature, topped with a little whole berry cranberry sauce, if desired.

Makes 8 servings.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Idaho Potato Commission.