How many ferments can you eat in one meal?
Try a hearty Slavic vegan, gluten-free fermented flatbread made mostly from potatoes, served, especially in the fall and winter.
My friend Paula and I shared brunch the other day during a workshop planning session. I brought over freshly made flatbreads–one thicker than the other. She prepared a delicious omelette with lots of vegetables and mung bean sprouts served with fermented ginger pickles, wild fermented red cabbage, and fresh coriander. I made a miso dip with fermented mirin rice wine, ginger, and fermented Shiro miso to spread on the bread. What a feast!
- 1 kg (2.2 lb) white potatoes
- 300 g (2½ cups) rice or chickpea flour
- ½ tsp miso
- extra flour for rolling
1. Boil potatoes whole with skins on for about 15 minutes, depending on size. When soft, drain and cool. The potatoes are then easy to peel with a paring knife ahead of time The older the potatoes and the colder the better, as the dough will be less sticky.
2. In a bowl or on a well-floured surface, grate potatoes on the small holes of a grater or mash.
3. Mix in flour, miso, and potatoes and knead until it forms a not-too-sticky dough, adding extra flour as needed. Roll out on a lightly floured surface into a log about 60 cm (2 feet) long.
4. Cut the log into 14 pieces about 5 cm wide. Once the dough is mixed, work with it right away and don’t leave it to sit, otherwise, it will get more sticky.
5. Start warming up your frying pan over medium heat.
6. Liberally flour a flat surface. Toss a piece of dough around in the flour and roll into a circle with a rolling pin. They can be any shape you like. If the rolling pin gets sticky, scrape it off right away otherwise it will build up more dough. You want it to be fairly thin, but thick enough so it doesn’t fall apart and so that the final bread has some bite to it.
7. Carefully transfer the flatbread to a dry frying pan (no oil on it). When one side starts to bubble, you can flip it. Use a butter knife or fork to poke large pockets of hot air (although not necessary). It takes about 2-3 min on each side.
8. While one flatbread is cooking, roll out another.
9. When finished cooking, put the bread on a plate and brush one or both sides with melted oil or other fat.
10. Serve warm. Can also be refrigerated or frozen, but warm up in oven or steam before serving. Spread with various fillings or just brush on melted oil and serve with various toppings rolled or folded into quarters.