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Recipe by Sabrina Ovadia

Maakouda with Saffron

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Parve Parve
Medium Medium
6 Servings
Allergens

Contains

- Egg

Maakouda. What is it? More commonly known as potato croquettes, 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!

Ingredients

Main ingredients

  • 10 medium yellow potatoes, peeled

  • 1 tablespoon salt 

  • 1 tablespoon pepper 

  • juice from 1 lemon

  • 2 tablespoons Gefen Olive Oil

  • 1 teaspoon allspice 

  • 2 egg yolks and 2 eggs, beaten

  • small pinch of saffron

Directions

Prepare the Maakouda

1.

In a large pot, boil the potatoes with a pinch of salt. Insert a fork after 15 minutes to see if they are ready. Remove from the fire and let cool. 

2.

In a large bowl, mash the potatoes. Add the salt, pepper, allspice, saffron, lemon juice, egg yolks, and olive oil. Adjust seasoning if needed. 

3.

Cover the bowl and refrigerate for about an hour. This step is very important as it will prevent the maakouda from opening during the cooking process. 

4.

With wet hands, form small balls and flatten them gently to form thick croquettes. Heat up a quarter cup of vegetable oil in a large deep pan. Coat the croquettes on both sides with the beaten eggs. 

5.

Fry them for about two minutes on each side. Serve warm. 

Prepare the Maakouda

Yields 12 maakouda

Maakouda with Saffron

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