Saturday, December 12, 2009

mom's latkes.

In celebration of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, below is my mom's recipe for traditional potato latkes. There are all types of fancy recipes out there but nothing compares to the simple flavors of this age old dish.  No matter what your faith or spiritual beliefs may be, this is something we can all enjoy! {Make sure to serve with warm apple sauce}

1 pound of potatoes
1/2 cup of finely chopped onion
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp salt {or to taste}
1/2 cup of vegetable oil

The key to making great latkes is to peel the potatoes and grate coarsely by hand.  Grate into large bowl of cold water as you go along.  Drain well when finished.  Dry potatoes and chopped onion well with an absorbent paper towel or towel.  Put potato and onion mixture in a bowl and add egg and salt.

Heat oil in a large pan on moderately high heat until oil is hot but not smoking.  In batches, spoon 2 tablespoons of mixture into pan and flatten to a patty size with a fork.  Cook on medium heat until browned {approx 5 minutes} flip over and cook 5 minutes more.  Transfer to paper towels to drain excess oil.  Sprinkle with salt.  Continue with next batch. {you can add more oil as needed and finished latkes can be kept warm in the oven}

serve immediately with warm apple sauce or sour cream.

My family enjoys this as a side dish for a Chanukah dinner, but it makes a wonderful holiday breakfast as well!


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