it’s latkes night!

Did you buy potatoes at the Farmers Market this past weekend?  I hope so because tonight begins the Festival of Lights (Hanukkah) which to me means one thing: LATKES!

You can google a million possibilities for latkes recipes; the one I use is below.  I think I was overwhelmed by the possibilities one year so my OH took the matter into his own hands and found this recipe.   It’s perfectly good.  The recipe says it serves one, but that’s a whole lotta latkes for one person…

The Latkes – Secret Recipe:

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 1

  • 1-1/2 lbs. Idaho potatoes
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsps. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. coarse (Kosher) salt, or as needed
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper, or as needed
  • 2 cups vegetable oil, or as needed (you will hopefully not use this much!!!)

Peel and grate the potatoes. Grate the onions. Beat the egg and add the onions and seasoning and the flour to the beaten egg. Mix in the grated potatoes.

Dissolve vitamin C tablet in 2-3 Tbsp of water, and add that to the potato mixture to prevent browning. (I never have vitamin C tablets around so I skip this step.)  Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a skillet.

Once the oil is hot, scoop out 1-2 Tbsp of the potato mixture, and fry in the oil until the bottom starts to brown (2-3 min). Flip the latke over and fry for another 2-3 min.

Take out the latke and drain on a paper towel. Serve immediately with apple sauce or sour cream.
Note: The recipe makes 10-12 pancakes.

I heard of a Vodka & Latkes party earlier this week – what a perfect combo.

Enjoy!

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3 responses to this post.

  1. If I might offer a few tips (my 2 cents worth, ignore if you wish, no harm no foul):
    1) Grate the potatoes into a bowl of cold water, and let sit until you see the starch has leached out on the bowl’s bottom. The latkes form better this way.

    2) Skip the Vitamin C step and take it out of your recipe….the latkes are being browned in the oil anyway, so who cares if they go into the oil white or not?

    Be well. Happy Hanukkah!
    Peter at Acres Co-op Market
    Hudson, NY

    Reply

  2. I love latkes and your recipe sounds simple to prepare. Happy Hanukkah.

    Reply

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