I cut the posting of my December recipe a little close considering it’s the 31st! Wow did this year fly by. I have a few more hours on this frosty winter day to share with you a traditional Jewish Potato and Onion Latkes recipe that I grew up eating this time of year for Hanukkah. Latkes generally make a meal of themselves. The nice thing is that you can eat them any time of day, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and they are equally appropriate!
You can whip up a batch of latkes in about 30 minutes if you have an assistant to peel your potatoes for you 🙂 Luckily one morning when I told my husband I was going to make latkes for lunch, I practically turned around and there was a bowl of peeled potatoes waiting for me. How lovely! We grated the potatoes in the Magimix food processor and then put them to steam for about 7 minutes, just to get them started cooking. This way when we fried them we were sure they’d be cooked through. We remembered my latkes from about 2 years ago when I skipped that step and the result was half-cooked potatoes…. not too easy on the stomach!)
To make about 10 Latkes, you can use about 4 large eggs, 6 large potatoes and 2 onions. Beat the eggs, mix in the grated potatoes and minced onions, add salt and pepper and then about 1/2 cup of matzoh meal. The matzoh meal adds a lovely flavor and binds everything together.
When you form the patties with your hands, simply smoosh the eggy potato mixture between your palms. They won’t stay perfectly put together, but when you fry them they will stay together.
At this time you should also peel and cut about 3 large golden delicious apples. Golden delicious are king when it comes to cooking apples; they are the sweetest and most flavorful.
Fry the apples in about 1/4 inch of oil, in a thick bottomed aluminum pan.
You can cook both sets of 5 latkes in the same oil, and then dump the apples in last, which will soak up the remaining oil. It’s Hanukkah, and we consume oil to remind us of the oil that miraculously burned for 8 days. While that is about the extent of my knowledge of the celebration of Hanukkah, I like the idea of knowing that this tradition is being passed from one generation to the next.
To serve latkes, it might sound a little counter – intuitive, since the latkes are savory, but I love to sprinkle cinnamon-sugar on top. Next to the latkes I add a scoop of the cooked apples and some full fat plain yogurt. Voilà! Latkes are served!
Happy last night of Hanukkah, and of course,
Happy New Year – here’s to good health, happiness, and plenty of adventure and happy surprises in 2017 🙂