Moroccan Potato Pie (Amhammar) Recipe: A great favorite in our Moroccan cuisine. This rustic dish is a good example of how we make something rich (eggs) or starchy (potatoes) go a long way. Do not be alarmed by the number of eggs used: When you consider this delicious potato pie will serve eight to ten people generously for main course, then ten eggs and three large potatoes sound quite reasonable, and low-carb.
Planning a picnic? don’t hesitate to make this potato pie and serve it at room temperature. The preserved lemon does its magic in this dish, but if you don’t have it on hand, no problem settling for lemon zest.
The traditional way of making this potato pie is by heating a good amount of vegetable oil heating in a deep heavy pot with straight sides, adding the batter all at once in the oil in the pot, cooking it at low temperature and finishing it in the oven. The pie grows and grows and develops a gorgeous golden crust; the oil gets thoroughly drained off, and the pie gets inverted onto a serving platter and cut in wedges. I have found a very streamlined way to make it, which saves me the heating of the oil, the draining and unmolding. Easier and just as delicious! I also save the step of boiling and dicing the potatoes by grating them raw directly in the batter.
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 10 eggs
- 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, minced
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- ½ preserved lemon, skin only, rinsed and minced (settle for 2 tablespoons lemon zest)
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper, or less to taste
- Salt to taste
- Good pinch nutmeg
- 1 cup total frozen corn, carrots, and peas, optional
- 3 large potatoes, peeled
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 10-inch ovenproof skillet with straight sides. Mix all but last remaining ingredient in a bowl and combine thoroughly. Only then, grate the potatoes and immediately stir them in the mixture, so as not to give them any time to oxidize. Pour the batter into the skillet and bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden and puffy, but not longer so the egg mixture doesn't toughen. Makes 8 main course servings.
Variation on Potato Pie: Moroccan Chicken Pie GF, P
No potatoes: 2–3 cups cooked chicken, coarsely ground or minced, and 1 large slice bread, gluten-free OK, soaked in water, broth, or dairy-free milk (Passover: replace the slice bread with 1/3 cup potato starch). Proceed exactly as above.