potato latkes.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

potato latkes

i realize hanukkah has come and gone, but i'm breaking the rules with this recipe anyway since latkes are traditionally served with a side of applesauce. a dollop of sour cream and dipped in ketchup is more like a nod to southern hash browns. in which case, latkes are essentially a hash brown burger.

i hate hate hate any recipe that ends in grease splatter all over my teeny half-stove, but sometimes you gotta put on an apron and take one for the team. to my jewish friends, feel free to correct me beyond this point as i am a latke novice.

you should also know that this is mandy pantinkin's (saul!) mom's recipe. i don't trust my frying skills, but i wouldn't question a jewish lady's latke cooking abilities. also, i have a crush on saul berenson.

potato latkes
6 large white potatoes
1 onion
4 eggs
2/3 cup flour or matzo meal
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
peanut oil for frying

1. peel potatoes and onion.
2. grate potatoes with the shredding blade of a food processor. do the same for the onion.
3. place grated potatoes in a strainer and press out the liquid (with your hands). pour cold water over the potatoes and press out liquid again.
4. transfer potatoes to a mixing bowl and add the grated onion.
5. beat 2 eggs and 2 egg whites in a separate bowl and add to the potato/onion mixture.
6. add flour/matzo meal, baking powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
7. heat peanut oil in a frying pan and carefully drop potato batter by large soup spoonfuls.
8. fry over medium-high heat until brown on one side. flip to brown the other side.
9. remove from pan and drain on paper towels.

12 comments:

megan said...

Mmmm. I'm with you though, I avoid spattering messes like I avoid the plague. After eating delicious greasy goodness I want to sleep on the couch in stretchy pants, not clean up. Have you ever tried splatter screens? I found it really helped (minimized the mess, not eliminated) but after some google searchin' they do get mixed reviews.

Erin said...

Mostly I'm just overcome with an intense urge to exfoliate after a bout of frying. All that grease, I just want to scrub it away as soon as possible. But latkes, boy are they worth it.

TheBeautyFile said...

Who DOESN'T have a crush on Saul Berenson?? I love latkes any time of the year, I'll always order them if I see them on a menu. So worth the greasy mess!

Raeface said...

I have a recommendation straight from my Jewish mother! Flavored breadcrumbs, in lieu of flour/matzo meal. Really keeps them from being bland on their own (I hate the applesauce thing).

I recommend frying one up, eating it (yep!) and seasoning to taste after that.

rebecca said...

raeface-
that's an excellent tip! thank you thank you.

Rebeka said...

I've only had latkes once, but they were magical. I keep looking for them on menus but can never seem to find them.

Maybe one day I'll be brave and fry some up myself. Mm!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

OMG yuuuuum!

E R I N said...

o0o0o0o..... these look a little bit good.

embracingorganicliving said...

mmmmm these look so delicious! I have always shied away from making latkes. I think will I will tackle this recipe head-on.

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

Yes, please! I love a good latke!

Oh, My Darling said...

Oh, latkes! Such a great treat!

Shoko said...

becca, your food photography is so incredibly good. i bow down!

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