Monday, December 19, 2011
Latkes, potato pancakes, are traditional Chanukah treats. I've seen recipes for latkes made with a mixture of zucchini, carrots, and parsnips. For those looking for something new or healthier to celebrate the Chanukah, maybe nouvelle latkes will float your boat. But since I only make potato pancakes once a year, I say go for it, use the potatoes and cut down on the fat intake somewhere else. Because nothing quite says Happy Chanukah to me like the smell of potatoes and onions sizzling in oil, and then topped with some cool applesauce. YUM! Below is my recipe for latkes. As they would say in Hebrew, B'taya Von! Or Bon Appetit!!
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Traditional Potato Latkes
5 large potatoes, peeled (I use Yukon Gold)
1 large onion
1/3 cup flour
Pinch of baking powder
1 teaspoon salt (you may need to add more)
¼ teaspoon pepper
Grate potatoes and onion (I use a food processor).
Strain the grated potatoes and onion to get rid of excess water.
Add eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
Heat ½ cup of oil in frying pan, and when hot, add 1 large tablespoon of batter. Fry each side about 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove from pan and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.
Add more oil as necessary.
Enjoy with applesauce (or even sour cream, which is decadent but delicious).
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Jewish friend of mine wants to know how these taste without Matzo flour. She wonders if they taste just like hash browns. I told her I thought the flour, eggs and baking powder probably make the difference.ReplyDelete
Thanks Marilyn. I don't happen to like the taste of matzoh meal, so I use flour instead. Since it's not Passover when flour would be prohibited, it's fine to make the substitution.ReplyDelete
In some ways I imagine hash browns and latkes are similar -- although latkes are individual circles of potato/onion mix so they look different. But I love hash browns too :-)
Happy Chanukah to your friend, and Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Yum, Happy Chanukah and joy and peace to all.ReplyDelete
Thanks Lil. Happy Holidays to you, as well.ReplyDelete
Happy Chanukah, Marian! I wish I could come to your house for latkes. The recipe sounds yummy!ReplyDelete
Happy Chuanukah! Have a wonderful holiday season:)ReplyDelete
Thanks Susan and Joelle.ReplyDelete
Just made another batch of latkes :-)
To everyone, Happy Holidays!!
it looks very nice indeed!ReplyDelete
Happy Hanukkah. I'm lazier than you; I buy the premade latke mix at the supermarket. Have a healthy and safe New Year!ReplyDelete
Thanks "write essay for me" and Nancy.ReplyDelete
When I made latkes last night, I decided that I would never make them if I didn't have a food processor. Although scraped skin might add an interesting flavor, the idea of grating potatoes and onion by hand has zero appeal :-)
Happy Chanukah and best wishes to all for a Healthy, Happy New Year.