Tunisian Potato Turnovers
James Carrier
Yields Makes 4 dozen turnovers; 12 to 16 appetizer servings

How to Make It

Step 1
1

In a 3- to 4-quart pan over high heat, bring potatoes and 2 quarts water to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes mash easily, about 15 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl; mash with a potato masher until smooth.

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, in an 8- to 10-inch frying pan over medium heat, stir onion and garlic in oil until onion is very limp, about 10 minutes (if onion begins to brown, reduce heat to medium-low). Stir into potatoes, along with parsley, cilantro, capers, salt, and pepper. In a small bowl, beat egg yolk to blend; add to potato mixture and mix well.

Step 3
3

In another small bowl, beat egg white to blend. Cut each egg roll wrapper into four squares (keep covered with plastic wrap until ready to use). Place about 1 1/2 teaspoons potato mixture in the center of each square. Brush edges lightly with egg white. Fold each square diagonally over filling to form a triangle; pinch edges to seal.

Step 4
4

Pour 2 inches of oil into a heavy 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat (or use a deep-fryer and follow manufacturer's recommendation for depth of oil). When oil reaches 375°, using a slotted spoon or a mesh basket and working in batches of 6 to 12 (pastries should fit easily in one layer), lower pastries into oil. Fry until golden brown, turning once, 3 to 5 minutes total. Transfer to paper towel-lined 10- by 15-inch baking sheets in a 200° oven and keep warm up to 30 minutes. Allow oil to return to 375° between batches.

Ingredients

 2 russet potatoes (1 lb. total), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
 1 onion (6 oz.), peeled and chopped
 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
 1 tablespoon olive oil
 3 tablespoons minced Italian parsley
 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
 1 tablespoon drained capers, rinsed and coarsely chopped
 1 teaspoon salt
 1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground pepper
 1 large egg, separated
 12 square (6 in.) egg roll wrappers
  Vegetable oil for frying

Directions

Step 1
1

In a 3- to 4-quart pan over high heat, bring potatoes and 2 quarts water to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes mash easily, about 15 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl; mash with a potato masher until smooth.

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, in an 8- to 10-inch frying pan over medium heat, stir onion and garlic in oil until onion is very limp, about 10 minutes (if onion begins to brown, reduce heat to medium-low). Stir into potatoes, along with parsley, cilantro, capers, salt, and pepper. In a small bowl, beat egg yolk to blend; add to potato mixture and mix well.

Step 3
3

In another small bowl, beat egg white to blend. Cut each egg roll wrapper into four squares (keep covered with plastic wrap until ready to use). Place about 1 1/2 teaspoons potato mixture in the center of each square. Brush edges lightly with egg white. Fold each square diagonally over filling to form a triangle; pinch edges to seal.

Step 4
4

Pour 2 inches of oil into a heavy 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat (or use a deep-fryer and follow manufacturer's recommendation for depth of oil). When oil reaches 375°, using a slotted spoon or a mesh basket and working in batches of 6 to 12 (pastries should fit easily in one layer), lower pastries into oil. Fry until golden brown, turning once, 3 to 5 minutes total. Transfer to paper towel-lined 10- by 15-inch baking sheets in a 200° oven and keep warm up to 30 minutes. Allow oil to return to 375° between batches.

Tunisian Potato Turnovers