Potato Beignets

PHOTO BY THE IDAHO POTATO COMMISSION - RECIPE BY Stephanie Izard

This recipe is made with Certified Idaho Potatoes.

This recipe is made with Certified Idaho Potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup water, room temperature
  • 1 cup Idaho® Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cooked, riced
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • yogurt, as needed
  • Yogurt (Yield 2 3/4 gallons):
  • 2 gallons milk
  • 2 quarts heavy cream
  • 1 quart yogurt culture (or an older batch of yogurt)

Directions:

  1. Heat sugar, milk and butter in a saucepan until butter melts, then remove from heat and reserve.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine yeast and water and rest for 5 minutes to reactivate yeast.
  3. Add yeast mixture to butter mixture and stir until combined.
  4. Beat potato puree and egg in bowl of a standing mixer with a paddle attachment until just combined, then add butter mixture and beat until well combined.
  5. Add flour and beat until combined, then remove to a bowl and ferment in a warm, dry place until doubled in size.
  6. Roll dough into a 1/2-inch thick sheet, then cut it into 1 1/2-inch squares. Fry in 350*F oil, flipping once, until light golden brown on both sides.
  7. Spoon yogurt into center of plate and top with beignet and serve.

Yogurt:

  1. Scald milk and heavy cream in a heavy-bottomed pot. Remove from heat and cool to 100°F. Add yogurt culture. Transfer to a metal container and float in a hot water bath to maintain 100°F temperature until yogurt separates, about 4 hours. Strain and reserve, refrigerated.