Apple and Cinnamon Tater Tots from Scratch : “apple gnocchi” would ring the bell to my grandmother.
There are some childhood pictures imprinted in my mind, still so vivid like they happened only several weeks ago. One of them are wooden vegetable boxes full of apples that were stored in cottage cellar. Needles to say, there was a separate room for fruits because adults were careful that apple flavours could damage the precious wine bouquet.
Wine aroma was already taken care of since the grapes were sorted and processed by varieties …
So as winter was coming to it’s end, my grandmother used to make all sorts of desserts from the fruits remaining in the cellar; all of the desserts so vintage and frugal yet so tasteful and attractive to all of the children.
If I could whisper to her that I have made Apple and Cinnamon Tater Tots from Scratch she would definitely look at me as if I speak a foreign language but if I say I’ve made apple gnocchi she would know exactly what am I talking about.
So, the memory of this tasteful, moist and so simple dish bumped one foggy and cold Saturday morning so I have taken three apples and started the process. Nothing wasted: after I squeezed apples, my son grabbed the bowl with 1/2 cup of juice remaining and drank it all.
It is a habit in our family to serve gnocchi and dumplings of all kinds ( sweet and savoury ) with some sour cream aside. I suggest you do the same. Once you taste it, you will fall in love with this combination at the first bite.
Apple and Cinnamon Tater Tots from Scratch
- 3 apples, peeled, cored, grated ( 2 cups firmly packed )
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp flour
- 1 egg
- 1/3 tsp baking powder
- 6 Tbsp sunflower oil
- Sour cream to taste
- Cinnamon and sugar to sprinkle, to taste
In small bowl, combine, grated apples, sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Leave aside for 10 minutes.
Put the mixture into cheesecloth or tea towel and gently squeeze the juice out. After squeezing, you get 1 ½ cup of apples ready to continue the process.
Add egg, flour and baking powder to apples and combine using spatula.
Pour oil into the skillet and warm the oil.
Put one tablespoon of mixture into your hand and form gnocchi. All together you get nine of them.
Place on warm oil and cook to get lightly brown on all sides. It takes 7 – 9 minutes.
Serve sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and some sour cream aside.