Thursday, December 17, 2009

Latkes

Even though eating latkes is a yearly tradition for me on Chanukah, I had never made them myself until now. This recipe from my friend Sarah is so good that I plan to make these every December for the rest of my life!

Latkes

Even if you don't celebrate Chanukah, these potato pancakes are universally delicious. Using a lifetime of latke-enjoying experience, I can personally vouch for the fact that they're the perfect balance of crispy and moist, with fantastic flavor and color. And don't forget the sour cream or applesauce! I served them with a cranberry applesauce that I'll be sharing soon.

Latkes
Adapted from Sarah, originally from Gourmet
Makes 18-20 latkes
Printable Recipe

1 medium onion
3 lb russet potatoes (about 6)
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/3 c all-purpose flour
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
Vegetable oil, for frying

1. Grate onion and potatoes using a box grater or food processor. Place onion in a small bowl, and potatoes in a large bowl. Take handfuls of the grated potato and squeeze out excess moisture. Toss potatoes with onion, lemon juice, flour, 2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper. Add eggs, stir to coat.

2. Preheat oven to 200F. Heat 1/4 inch oil to 360F in a heavy skillet (or wait until a drop of water sizzles in the pan). Scoop 4-5 mounds of potato mixture into skillet (about 1/4 c each). Flatten slightly, and cook until golden brown, 2 1/2-3 min per side. Transfer to wire rack (NOT paper towel) over a baking sheet and keep warm in oven while making more latkes.

3. Sprinkle with a little bit of salt, and serve with sour cream or applesauce.

10 comments:

Lauren said...

They do look fantastic! Although I don't celebrate it, I have strong memories of latkes - a friends mom brought a tonne to school in grade one, and I can remember so much about them to this day!

Mary Camu said...

I think Santa is bringing me my first food processor for Christmas. These might have to be made as soon as the wrapping comes off! They look amazing!

Linda said...

Lemon juice is a nice addition. I've never tried it with. I'll try it next time I make them.

Sarah said...

Mmm. I think I will make these soon. I think I might try your cranberry applesauce too

andi said...

AMY!!! these latkes look so crispy and yummy! i am totally impressed--for those of us who have tried our hand at latkes, this is no easy feat! you are starting a wonderful tradition for your family~

Lauryn said...

Those latkes look perfect! I was planning to make latkes for my boyfiend until he informed me that he doesnt like potato pancakes! I do NOT get that at all!! I hope you enjoyed yours. I am drooling over the pic!

Judy said...

AWWW! Thanks so much for the wonderful comment you left on my blog! I'm SO glad that you liked the red velvet recipe! It means a lot to me that you took the time to let me know! =)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Maggie said...

I confess, I've never had a latke I loved. They're always fine, but never actually good to me. These, though, look divine!

Megan said...

I love latkes (or as I grew up callign them -- potato pancakes). I just made some the other day! I tried the Cook's Illustrated recipe and am hooked on it now... but this one sounds really interesting with the addition of lemon juice!

Sweet and Savory said...

I love crispy latkes and these look very crispy. I see you shred it. I do too but my daughter wants me to use the other blade so they come out smoother. I don't want them smoother. I want crisp.

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