Potato Fritters for Sher

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Last Sunday, the food blog community lost one of its own. Sher, of the popular blog What Did You Eat? passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack. I didn’t know Sher well, but what I did know, I liked very much. She was smart and funny and caring. Her blog was a great read, with terrific recipes and beautiful photography. I enjoyed myself whenever I visited and I will miss her.

My heart goes out to Sher’s husband, Bob, and the rest of her family and friends. It is always a tragedy to lose someone you love, especially so suddenly and without warning.

As a tribute to Sher, Mary of Bread Baking Babes and Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen have organized an online memorial to her. Fellow food bloggers all over the Internet have been preparing recipes from Sher’s blog and will be posting about them today. I think that this is a wonderful idea and I am proud and happy to participate.

There were so many great recipes to choose from, it was hard for me to decide what to make. I finally settled on her recipe for Potato Fritters with Sweet Pepper Relish. These are not fritters in the traditional sense of the word as I understand it, as they contain no flour in the mix. They are actually more like a potato cake or croquette. Whatever you call them, however, they are delicious!

Potato Fritters with Sweet Pepper Relish

Adapted from Deborah Madison, The Greens Cookbook via Sher of What Did You Eat?

(Printable Recipe)


2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

3 egg yolks

1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro

1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, white and some of the green part

1 cup shredded jack cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup panko bread crumbs

4 tablespoons oil

Sweet Pepper Relish (recipe follows)

Put potatoes in a steamer and cook for about 20 minutes, or until tender. Transfer to a bowl and roughly break them up with a fork. Don’t try to make them too smooth.
Add the egg yolks, cilantro, scallions, and cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Shape into patties shaped and sized as you like. I let the patties rest in the freezer for about 20 minutes to firm up so that they would hold their shape better while frying.
Dredge patties in the bread crumbs and press the crumbs into the patties on both sides.
Heat the oil in a skillet until hot and cook the patties over medium high heat, until browned on both sides.

Serve immediately with the Sweet Pepper Relish.

Sweet Pepper Relish
1 small yellow pepper

1 small red pepper

1/4 small red onion, finely diced

1/2 cup virgin olive oil

2 Tablespoons or more balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

Trim the peppers, cut them into thin slices and dice into small even pieces. Combine the peppers, onion oil and vinegar and add salt and pepper to taste. Marinate this for about 2 hours, then drain the oil off (reserving for other purposes, like salad dressing) when you are ready to serve the fritters.



41 responses to Potato Fritters for Sher

  1. On July 27, 2008 at 1:07am, [eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

    Wow. These potato fritters look amazing. Simple ingredients, extraordinary food.

  2. On July 27, 2008 at 1:17am, Manggy said...

    Yeah, I read it from Anh’s blog a few days back. I didn’t know Sher at all, but it made me sad, visiting her blog and reading the last entry, like life would go on as usual.. Such a tragedy.
    Nice tribute you have written here, Susan :)

  3. On July 27, 2008 at 4:42am, Arundathi said...

    those “fritters” look lovely.
    and what a lovely tribute to Sher.

  4. On July 27, 2008 at 6:57am, culinography said...

    A lovely tribute… and these fritters look amazing!

  5. On July 27, 2008 at 10:02am, noble pig said...

    What a loss, Sher actually lived in my town…so very sad.

  6. On July 27, 2008 at 5:51pm, Kevin said...

    Those potato fritters look good and I like the sound of the sweet pepper relish.

  7. On July 27, 2008 at 6:45pm, Veron said...

    Those potato fritter look awesome. This is such a great tribute to Sher!

  8. On July 27, 2008 at 8:11pm, Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

    Holy Crap…she died on my bday. How sad! Not too make light, but quite frankly I am surprised we ALL aren’t dropping like flies around here the way we cook and eat. potato fritters sure ain’t bird food. and neither is that carrot cake you are craving.

  9. On July 27, 2008 at 8:36pm, Emiline said...

    I had no idea. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. Sher sounds dear, and I’m sure she will be greatly missed.

    Her recipe sounds wonderful.

  10. On July 28, 2008 at 2:57am, Paula said...

    This is a lovely tribute to Sher. How wonderful that so many people will be able to honor her through her food. Lovely recipe.

  11. On July 28, 2008 at 5:55am, Darius T. Williams said...

    Wow – sorry to hear about Sherry.

    The fritter looks good – and that sweet pepper relish looks even better. I could find a million uses for that relish.


  12. On July 28, 2008 at 7:05am, Bellini Valli said...

    This is a great tribute to Shery. The blogging community has lost a kindred spirit:D

  13. On July 28, 2008 at 7:55am, Erinn said...

    I heard about Sher from Grace’s site A Southern Grace. I hadn’t discovered Sher’s blog and am saddened by her passing and that I didn’t get a chance to know her and her recipes.
    A lovely recipe and a lovely tribute.

  14. On July 28, 2008 at 8:23am, Grace said...

    your fritters would’ve made sher proud, there’s no doubt about that. this is a lovely tribute.

  15. On July 28, 2008 at 10:00am, Haley said...

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  16. On July 28, 2008 at 12:29pm, Joy the Baker said...

    What a lovely tribute to Sher. These look just lovely!

  17. On July 28, 2008 at 6:35pm, diva said...

    i’ve never visited Sher’s blog, such a shame. and it’s so kind of you to make this in tribute to her. x

  18. On July 28, 2008 at 8:34pm, haleysuzanne said...

    Small prezzie for you on my blog – please stop by!

  19. On July 29, 2008 at 1:12am, Mochachocolata Rita said...

    a nice tribute…^_^

    and i am always a big fan of potato anything. loving the sweet pepper relish idea, i did something similar and added shrimps into the potato mix

  20. On July 29, 2008 at 2:12am, canarygirl said...

    What a lovely tribute, Susan. I didn’t know Sher, but was so sad to hear of this tragic news.

  21. On July 29, 2008 at 5:41am, Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

    They look terribly good! A wonderful recipe and a great tribute!



  22. On July 29, 2008 at 5:55am, CookiePie said...

    What a lovely tribute – how kind of you to mark her passing! And the fritters looks wonderful!

  23. On July 29, 2008 at 11:26am, Deborah said...

    What a great dish to honor Sher!!

  24. On July 29, 2008 at 3:15pm, coffeepot said...

    Looks wonderful and I am sure Sher would say so too.

  25. On July 29, 2008 at 3:44pm, Joanna said...

    I love fitters of every kind.


    Cook me any fitter and I will be your friend for life.

    Doesn’t take much, eh?

  26. On July 29, 2008 at 3:45pm, Joanna said...


  27. On July 29, 2008 at 3:48pm, Joanna said...

    I would like to say how sorry I am that Sher has passed. I think it is a wonderful thing to do this. Pay homage.

    My heart goes out to her family….

  28. On July 29, 2008 at 10:31pm, Heather said...

    these look delicious! i’m sure sher and her family would be happy to see this and the other lovely posts out there.

  29. On July 29, 2008 at 11:44pm, Heather said...

    The irony of losing a food blogger to heart attack, albeit tragic, is not lost on me. I’m glad that everyone is still cooking and celebrating food as Sher would if she hadn’t been ripped away from the world so suddenly.

    Keep enjoying good food! Remember, the Russian words for “life” and “stomach” are only one letter apart.

  30. On July 30, 2008 at 4:41am, Cakelaw said...

    A tasty tribute to Sher.

  31. On July 30, 2008 at 9:24am, The DeLadurantey Sisters said...

    Looks yummy!

  32. On July 30, 2008 at 10:57am, Reeni said...

    That is so sad; you’ve given her a fine tribute, they look beautiful and delicious.

  33. On July 30, 2008 at 1:50pm, Hillary said...

    This IS a wonderful idea! I think it’s great that the very community of which Sher was a part is commemorating her presence. Nice potato fritters!

  34. On July 30, 2008 at 6:27pm, Simply...Gluten-free said...

    A lovely tribute. You are one of the people who make this blogging community so special.

  35. On July 31, 2008 at 7:20am, Patricia Scarpin said...

    A great recipe to honor her, Susan.

  36. On July 31, 2008 at 7:49am, Jescel said...

    nice tribute Susan. it’s indeed painful to lose someone, esp. without a warning… your fritters look so good, as usual.

  37. On July 31, 2008 at 9:35am, Mansi Desai said...

    Sher was such a lovely cook, and I’m sure an equally nice person! thanks for shairng her recipe with all of us!

  38. On August 01, 2008 at 5:26am, Kate / Kajal said...

    In India we call these Aloo tikkis … spuce it up with a few indian spices and there u have it.
    I love this version with the egg yolk and cheese, must make them kind of rich ? The relish is a wonderful idea to go with it.

  39. On August 01, 2008 at 2:41pm, Cookie baker Lynn said...

    You did Sher proud with these beautiful potato fritters.

  40. On August 03, 2008 at 9:23am, Mary said...

    Wow, Sher’s recipes are always so good. I’ve never tried this one, but I’ve got it bookmarked now!

  41. On August 21, 2008 at 11:52am, mimi said...

    you are all doing such lovely tributes to sherry, in the best way possible. these fritters look gorgeous, the colors are just great. would love to try these out!

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