Latkes for Chanukah

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Thanksgiving is over and even the leftovers are gone.  The Holiday window displays are up in New York and we actually had some frost on the ground this morning.  I am beginning to believe it is really December.

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Tonight is the first night of Chanukah so naturally we made Latkes for breakfast and are planning to buy our Christmas tree tonight… on our way home from a work Chanukah party.  Interfaith marriages are fun: Do all the holiday things!  All the food!  All the parties!!

I put this recipe up a few years ago but I am reviving it.  It is just too good to let it fall into archive obscurity. And, once you get past grating the onion, it is really not that hard.

Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

From The Smitten Kitchen

This is a little less a recipe and more a formula.  You can make a little and have a nice breakfast or you can make a whole bunch and freeze them, reheating to impress at a party.

For every pound of potatoes you will need:

1 small onion

1 egg

1/4 cup flour

1 tsp salt

A generous pinch of pepper.

First off: to peel or not too peel. That is the question before you.  I have done it both ways.  There is a little earthier taste with the peel on but not so much as you might notice.  It is a more attractive pancake with the peel off.  I leave it up to you which you do.

Using a food processor or a box grater, coarsely shred the onion and potatoes into strips.  This is hard on the hands but surprisingly fun!  Well, the potatoes are fun.  The onion made both my husband and me cry a little bit.

Put the grated onion aside for a few moments.

Place the potato strips either on a piece of cheese cloth (recommended) or on a kitchen towel (what we had) and wring out the potatoes a few times.  You want to get them as dry as possible.

Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl (though really the size depends on how many pounds of potatoes you are using), mix together the egg(s), flour, salt, and pepper.

Add in the potato strips and grated onion and stir well. Try to get every piece of potato covered.

Heat a generous portion of oil in a cast iron skillet (if you have one – a non-stick skillet will work as well but you may need some more oil) to medium-high.

Here is another decision you are going to have to make – how big do you want your latkes?  I got 6 latkes per 1 pound of potato.  You could go small and get a dozen or large and get 4.  It is really up to you again.

Scoop out enough potato mixture to get the desired size of pancake.  Flatten slightly and fry it in the oil for roughly 2 minutes.

Flip it over and cook another 1 1/2 – 2 minutes.  The cooked latke should be a nice deep golden brown.

The latkes can be kept warm in the oven while you prepare the other food you will be eating.

Happy Chanukah!

Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

For every pound of potatoes you will need:

1 small onion

1 egg

1/4 cup flour

1 tsp salt

A generous pinch of pepper.

Using a food processor or a box grater, coarsely shred the onion and potatoes into strips. Put the grated onion aside for a few moments.

Place the potato strips either on a piece of cheese cloth or on a kitchen towel and wring out the potatoes a few times.

Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl mix together the egg(s), flour, salt, and pepper. Add in the potato strips and grated onion and stir well.

Heat a generous portion of oil in a cast iron skillet to medium-high.

Scoop out enough potato mixture to get the desired size of pancake.  Flatten slightly and fry it in the oil for roughly 2 minutes.

Flip it over and cook another 1 1/2 – 2 minutes.  The cooked latke should be a nice deep golden brown.

 

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One thought on “Latkes for Chanukah

  1. Martha Ognibene

    OMG-that first picture, with the onion and the egg, is beautiful! What are you: an art minor or something?!?!!? I love you! Love,Momma From: Creamed Butter To: mlsognibene@yahoo.com Sent: Sunday, December 6, 2015 8:03 PM Subject: [New post] Latkes for Chanukah #yiv9778812574 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv9778812574 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv9778812574 a.yiv9778812574primaryactionlink:link, #yiv9778812574 a.yiv9778812574primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv9778812574 a.yiv9778812574primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv9778812574 a.yiv9778812574primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv9778812574 WordPress.com | adiebene posted: “Thanksgiving is over and even the leftovers are gone.  The Holiday window displays are up in New York and we actually had some frost on the ground this morning.  I am beginning to believe it is really December.Tonight is the first night of Cha” | |

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