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You have to try this crispy smoked cheddar potato fritter recipe, using locally grown Washington potatoes!
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Washington-grown potato recipes landing in a kitchen near you

Tucked away at the Skagit Regional Airport sits a high-flying restaurant: Skagit Landing Restaurant and Catering! Led by Chef Josie Urbick, it's cozy, delicious, and focused on utilizing local farms and vendors in its dishes.

Gaard caught up with Chef Josie to learn how to make one of her favorite potato dishes, a crispy smoked cheddar potato fritter! She only uses Washington potatoes, which are grown just down the street in the Skagit Valley! In case you haven't heard by now, nothing beats a Washington potato, and the soil in the Skagit Valley is ideal for growing them.

So the next time you're at the grocery store, pick up some Washington-grown potatoes, along with the other ingredients in Chef Josie's recipe that is sure to be a hit this holiday season!

Crispy smoked cheddar potato fritter, topped with chorizo, pico de gallo, and thick sour cream

You will need a frying pan, half sheet pan, and cooling rack that fits into sheet pan.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Ingredients for fritter

  • 5 medium-sized Washington yellow potatoes (shredded)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded smoked Tillamook cheddar
  • 2 scallions, diced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1.5 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus 1 teaspoon to drain liquid
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For frying and finishing dish:

  • Clarified butter or frying oil
  • 1/3 cup of chorizo
  • 2 tablespoons of pico de gallo
  • Dollop of thick sour cream
  • Green onion for garnish (optional)

Step 1

Shred potatoes, add 1 teaspoon of salt, and let sit for 5 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out.

Step 2

Gently mix all fritter ingredients together.

Step 3

Form fritters into thin disks, about 2 tablespoons worth.

Step 4

Warm butter or oil in a frying pan, enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Fry on each side to golden brown, checking color after 1 minute. Place seared fritters on rack inside sheet pan and finish in preheated oven for 8 minutes or until done (times may vary based on oven).

Step 5

Top with cooked chorizo, pico de gallo, and thick sour cream.

Step 6

Enjoy the glory of Washington potatoes!

For more delicious treats using fresh, locally grown ingredients, be sure to stop by Skagit Landing, or order from their catering service for your next event!

For more potato recipes, nutrition facts, and information about potatoes, visit Washington State Potato Commission online. You can also follow them on Facebook here.

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