Monday, December 29, 2008

Just one recipe for Latkes (Potato pancakes) - for the last day of Hanukkah

There are many ways of making potato pancakes (Latkes), this one is fairly easy & straight forward. (You can substitute zucchini for 90% of the potato - par bake the potato that you do use because the zucchini cooks more quickly - squeeze out all of the liquid, sweet potatoes work nicely - par bake them first...)

1 pound (450 g) potatoes, peeled
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped (or to taste - I don't measure & probably use more)
1 large egg, beaten
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour (you can substitute, cracker, matzo, or bread crumbs here.)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup canola oil (vegetable oil)


1. shred the potatoes with a grater 
2. put potatoes & onions on paper towels & squeeze out the liquid
3. In a bowl, mix together the potatoes & onions with the egg, flour & salt
4. heat half of the oil in skillet until very hot, then scoop mounds of the potato mixture (about 2 tablespoons each) into pan. Do not crowd the pan.
5. press the mounds down with spatula to flatten. reduce heat & cook until the bottoms are golden, about 5 minutes. flip & cook until golden on the other side. Remove to paper towel to drain. Repeat using the remaining oil  as needed.
6. Serve immediately, or transfer to an oven safe dish & keep in a warm oven (250F or 120C) until ready to serve.

Serve with applesauce & or sour cream.

An applesauce recipe


4 apples, peeled, cored & diced (I get 4 different apples - since some breakdown while cooking & others do not)
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or apple pie spice mix)


1. stir together all ingredients in a medium sauce pan
2. cover sauce pan & cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Remove from heat & allow to cool.
3. Using a potato masher, mash mixture until your applesauce is as chunky or smooth as you like. 


Catherine said...

Oooh -- those sound delicious!! And a lot easier than I thought they were!

Jane said...

Guess what I shall be cooking.
Thank you so much.
And thank you for cool baby for waiting just long enough for a recipe to be sent. Tis ok to show your face.......and the rest of you now...nice and easy does it.

Jane said...

I think the baby meter down the bottom lead me astray.....thank you even more for coping with baby and giving me a recipe.

Libby said...

Great idea . . . . I'm still working my way through the zucc's from last summer's garden.