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Pancakes with anthotyro and Chrysovitsa potatoes

Gluten-free pancakes with one-of-a-kind alpine potatoes from Chrysovitsa.
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Before cooking...

In 1941, the people of Chrysovitsa sought refuge from the Nazi troops in a closeby plateau at 1400 m. There, near the springs of River Aoos, they planted some potatoes to feed themselves while in hiding. Decades later, locals still grow their one-of-a-kind potatoes in the land that not only saved them from their persecutors but also granted them an invaluable gift for generations to come.

Pancakes with anthotyro and Chrysovitsa potatoes

Ingredients

The Chrysovitsa potatoes are hard to find in markets outside Epirus. However, if you’re in Greece, you could order some directly from a local producer. Alternatively, you can make this recipe with another type of alpine potatoes that may share some of the mountain-sourced properties of the Epirotic variety.

  • 1 Chrysovitsa potato
  • 100 gr anthotyros
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 200 gr gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp yeast powder
  • 1 coffee cup orange liqueur
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Olive oil (for frying)
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar (for serving)

Note: A pinch of salt is the amount you can hold between your thumb, index, and middle finger.

Execution

  1. In a cooking pot, boil the potato until it’s soft.
  2. In a large bowl, crush the boiled potato and the anthotyro. Add the egg, and mix well.
  3. Add the flour, yeast, sugar, orange zest, orange liqueur, and salt, and mix until you have a nice dough. Cover the bowl and let the dough rest for 90 minutes.
  4. When the dough is ready, divide it into even balls and roll them into small pancakes.
  5. In a frying pan, heat some olive oil until it shimmers. Place a pancake in the pan and fry it on both sides. When it’s golden brown, place the pancake on a platter laid with absorbent paper to strain the excess olive oil. Repeat until the pancakes are all done.
  6. Sprinkle the pancakes with powdered sugar and serve.

These pancakes are a bit more complex to prepare than typical pancakes, but their unique flavors and aromas can satisfy the most demanding palates.

After cooking…

The mountainous parts of Epirus are home to many hiking trails, a true heaven for nature lovers and mountain sports enthusiasts. Some of those trails are themed, focusing on a single aspect of the place’s rich age-long history. Such is the “Hunters of the Ice Age” trail that follows river Voidomatis up to the stone bridge of Kleidonia. On the way, hikers find signs that describe what life was like in the region during the Paleolithic times, 20 thousand years ago!

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