Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Latkes...Chanukah Joy and Light....

 Happy Chanukah...

  I have made Latkes for more years than I can count. I usually do not use a recipe, but last year I started making these. I will make them again this year. They are light and crisp...what could be better? I never met a latke I did not like, but these are especially nice.
On Wednesday night we will have our Chanukah dinner, the kids will be home...we will all be together...I know there will be Latkes, applesauce and sour cream...not sure what else yet.
Potato Latkes...
Mimi Sheraton, "From My Mother's Kitchen", (Harper Collins, 1991)
Makes 6 servings
These should be prepared and fried as close to serving time as possible.
7 or 8 medium old potatoes (about 2 ½ pounds)
1 large onion peeled
2 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons potato flour or matzoh meal
1 scant tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
Corn oil, for frying
Applesauce, as accompaniment
1.  Peel the potatoes and cover with cold water until you are ready to make the pancakes. Grate the potatoes and onion into a strainer that is suspended over a bowl to catch the juices. If this is hard for you to manage, grate the potatoes into a bowl, then turn into a strainer suspended over another bowl. Grate the potatoes and onion alternately, as the onion juice will help prevent the potatoes from darkening. Using a wooden spoon, or picking up handfuls of the grated potato mixture, squeeze or press out as much liquid as possible. Reserve all liquid and let it settle in the bowl for 2 or 3 minutes.
2.  Put the pressed potato and onion mixture in a clean bowl. Carefully pour off the watery part of the reserved liquid but do not discard the thick, starchy paste at the bottom of the bowl. Scrape that into the potato mixture. Add the egg yolks, potato flour or matzoh meal, salt, and pepper and mix thoroughly. Beat the egg whites to stiff and shiny peaks and fold them into the potato mixture.
3.  Heat a ½-inch-depth of oil in a heavy skillet, preferably of black cast iron. Drop the potato mixture into the hot oil, about 2 tablespoons per pancake, and fry, turning once so the pancakes are a deep golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Total frying time for each batch of pancakes should be about 10 minutes. Keep fried pancakes warm while the rest are being fried. To do that, put the fried, drained pancakes on a rack in an open baking pan and place in a low oven (about 250 degrees). Do not hold for more than 15 minutes before serving or they will become soggy. Serve with applesauce and/ or sour cream.


  1. Happy Chanukah dear Linda and family..I bet these are fabulous

  2. HAPPY CHANUKAH, my dear dear Linda! Wishing you wonderful family time together. I promise I will make latkes one day. They look absolutely moreish! xoxoxo

  3. Happy holiday to you and your family, Linda. Being with family is the best present of all. Your latkes are making my mouth water.

  4. Thanks so much my friends!
    Love and light to all of you!

  5. Happy Chanukah Linda! Have the best of Holidays!

  6. Merry Merry to you too Ry!

  7. So perfect and crispy, Linda! SO good to see you blogging. Happy holidays, my friend!!! xoxo

  8. Thank you friends...
    Merry Merry to you too!

  9. Yum, these look so fabulous Linda! Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas!

  10. Perfect latkes, Linda!!! I have never done very well with them... I think I must crowd them too much. Yours look just right... maybe a little latke talent will rub off on me if I follow your recipe!

    Have a great holiday!

  11. Thank you my friends...
    Wishing you all peace and light!