Deruny (Ukrainian Potato Pancakes)
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Latkes, draniki, placki, reibekuchen, kartoffelpuffer, bramborák. The humble potato pancake is known by many names from many different cultures. Deruny is the Ukrainian term for this dish, which means “to grate”.
The potato plays a very prominent role in traditional Ukrainian cooking. Perogies are by far the most famous. In Calgary, we even have a food truck that serves various gourmet perogies! Both Predominantly Paleo and True North AIP have some delicious-looking AIP perogie recipes that are on my “to make” list. A less known, but equally delicious, potato-based Ukrainian comfort food is deruny. Traditionally made with potato, egg and flour, deruny would not be even close to “safe” for someone following the AIP. So many of the best comfort foods aren’t unfortunately. Thankfully, there are some quality AIP ingredients the work almost as well!
Rutabaga, also known as swede, and sweet potato are both starchy root vegetables that are neutral tasting and work well as a substitute for potato, though the sweet potato will give this dish a slightly sweeter taste than the original. The flour acts as a binder for the patties, but you could also use mashed plantain. This recipe would be a prime candidate for egg yolks, the recommended first AIP reintroduction, as a binder for those who can tolerate them.
So, as promised, here is my adapted deruny recipe. These babies go great with Pidpenky slathered overtop! I hope you enjoy!
- 1 1/2 cups grated rutabaga/swede
- 1 1/2 cups grated sweet potato
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped very fine or grated
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
- 1/4 cup (approximately) tapioca flour - you may need more or less depending on how "juicy" your veggies are
- 2 tablespoons cooking fat of choice, melted if needed
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Form into patties not more than 1/4" thick and about the diameter of your palm.
- Carefully place on pre-heated griddle on high heat. Cook for about five minutes until you can see the edges start to crisp and it is golden brown.
- Very carefully flip the pattie so it doesn't come apart and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Keep warm until all patties have been cooked and serve!
This recipe was shared on Fat Tuesday!