Sharon's Recipes

DECEMBER: Potato Latkes

Its December and time for Hanukkah. So here’s my favorite recipe for potato latkes.


6 potatoes ( about 2 lbs, peeled and grated )
1 medium onion, peeled and finely grated
2 extra large eggs, well beaten
3 T. flour or matzo meal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
peanut oil for frying

Grate potatoes in the cuisinart and drop into a bowl of ice with ice water. Drain, remove ice and wring dry in a tea towel. Get out as much moisture as possible. Do a little at a time wringing over the sink. Put the potatoes in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients minus the oil. Mix thoroughly.

Heat an electric fry pan to 365 and cover the bottom with 1/2 inch of oil. When the oil is hot carefully add spoonfuls of the batter. Do not crowd. Gently flatten with spatula. Cook until set and crispy on first side. Flip and do the same. ( remember to keep stirring the batter as you use it.) Remove to a sheet pan lined with paper towels or brown paper bags. Let the latkes drain. Place on a dish and garnish with sour cream and or applesauce. Or just more salt and pepper.

My favorite is to use Yukon Gold potatoes. But to try something really delicious use White Sweet Potatoes or mix them with the Yukon Golds.

Remember, there may only be eight nights to Hanukkah but you can eat these all year round.


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