Maakouda. What is it? More commonly known as potato galette, Maakouda (pronounced ma-ah-koo-dah) is a very tasty side dish often made in Morocco for the holidays. This delectable side also uses the finest spice in Moroccan cuisine – saffron. And yes, that’s a good thing!
Yields: 12 maakouda
10 medium size yellow potatoes, peeled
1 tbsp of salt
1 tbsp of pepper
Juice from a lemon
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp of all spice
2 egg yolks and 2 eggs beaten
A small pinch of saffron
1)In a large pot, boil the potatoes with a pinch of salt. Insert a fork after 15 minutes if they are ready.
Remove from the fire and let them cool down.
2)In a large bowl, mash the potatoes, add the salt, pepper, all spice, saffron, lemon juice, egg yolks and olive oil. Adjust seasoning if needed.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for about an hour. This step is very important as it will prevent the maakouda to open during the cooking process.
3)With wet hands, form small balls and flatten them gently to form a thick galette. Heat up 1/4 cup of vegetable in a large deep pan, coat them on both side in the beaten eggs.
4)Fry them for about 2 minutes on each side. Serve warm.