food processor (see optional instructions if not using a food processor)
air fryer or griddle/skillet
12ouncesYukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled,left whole or cut into equal-sized pieces
2largeleeks, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices and washed(see tips for cleaning leeks below recipe card)
1Tablespoonground flax seed(see notes)
1/4cupgluten-free flour blend, such as Namaste Foods brand, or other flour of your choice
1/4cupcracker or bread crumbs(I use Simple Mills brand almond crackers pulsed into crumbs using my bullet blender)
1/4teaspoonHimalayan sea salt
1/4teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
1/4teaspoon garlic powder
If you plan on cooking the patties on a griddle or skillet, put the pan on your stove's lowest heat setting so that it warms up while you continue with the recipe.
If using a food processor, put the ground flaxseed and water into the processor bowl.If you are not using a food processor, put the ground flaxseed and water into a large mixing bowl.
Steam the potatoes until they are just fork tender; don't overcook. Remove them from the steaming basket and set aside to cool down (but don't drain the water from the pan).
Steam the leeks for about 7 minutes or until soft. Remove the leeks from the steaming basket and let them fully cool down.
In the meantime, in a small bowl, mix together the flour, crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cumin.
If you're using a food processor, add the potatoes and leeks to the processor bowl, then pulse them until chopped, leaving some pieces chunky. Don't process into a paste! Using a soft spatula, scrape the potato/leek/flax mixture into a large bowl.No food processor? No problem! Hand chop the potatoes and leeks into small pieces then add them to the bowl with the "flax egg."
Fold the flour/crumbs mixture into the potatoes and leeks.
Form the batter into a mound, and then cut into 8 wedges.Form each wedge into a ball, then into a patty.
Cook the patties in an air fryer or on a preheated griddle/skillet as follows:If using an air fryer, there is no need to use any oil. Cook the patties at 400º for 10 minutes, turning halfway through.If cooking them on a griddle or in a skillet, brush the pan with avocado oil and turn the heat up to medium/high. Cook for about 7 minutes on each side, or until browned.
Serve the potato pancakes with applesauce, tzatziki sauce, or other sauces/dressings as described below.
Flaxseeds can be ground using a bullet blender (or other blender), or spice mill. Since the oil in flax turns rancid easily, store flaxseeds in the refrigerator, and leftover ground flaxseed in the freezer.