Inspired by the Persian dish tahdig, this skillet rice cake gets especially crisp as it cooks. A layer of potatoes is cooked on the bottom of the rice, then the cake is flipped to serve so the potatoes are on the top.
These crispy potato puffs unabashedly copy, but far surpass, the commercial brand found in the frozen section of your supermarket. Baked rather than deep-fried, they are perfectly crispy on the outside and meltingly soft on the inside. They will fool even the most die-hard tater tot fiend. You can't stop eating them. Panko bread crumbs are essential to the dish's success, providing the crispiest crunch.Excerpted from "Mad Hungry Cravings" by Lucinda Scala Quinn, Artisan Books, March 2013.