Monday, December 2, 2013

Potato Latkes

Happy Hanukkah! The official food of Hanukkah is potato latkes (potato pancakes). My awesome Jewish friend, Rebecca (the same friend that taught me how to make hamantaschen last year), hosted a latke party tonight to celebrate Hanukkah. There are two main ways to make latkes - bird's nest-style and pancake-style - and we made both! Enjoy & happy Hanukkah!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Four (4)  Russet potatoes, peeled, sliced and placed into water -- you can also use sweet potatoes, if you're so inclined
One (1) small onion, chopped
One (1) egg, beaten
Sprinkle of flour
Olive oil -- for oiling the pan
Seasonings, herbs, or spices -- this is up to you, if you'd like to add any additional spices to your latke mixture.
Toppings for latkes -- the traditional toppings are applesauce and sour cream, but you can put anything on top that you'd like.
Salt and pepper for taste

In a Cuisinart, shred the potatoes and onions together to look like hash browns. Please note that if you do not have a Cuisinart, you can shred the potatoes by hand using a cheese shredder.**

At this time, you can press out any additional water from the potato mixture using a cheesecloth.
Mix potato, onion, egg, flour, and any spices together in a medium mixing bowl.

Heat and oil a frying pan over medium heat.
Use your hands to create a small patty of potato mixture.**
Place the latke into the pan and cook until golden brown on one side. Flip and repeat.**
When done, remove from pan and serve immediately.

**Please note the following steps if you are making potato pancakes --
Pulse the potatoes longer in your Cuisinart until it is completely blended. If you do not have a Cuisinart, use a food processor.
After mixing all of the ingredients together, pour into the heated pan as you would when making regular pancakes.

Cook until one side is golden brown. Flip and repeat.
When done, remove from pan and serve immediately.