LATKES

June 25, 2011
latkes, potato pancakes, Jewish cooking, fall food, comfort food

I have always wanted to make this delicious Jewish side. Potato Pancakes…a.k.a. Latkes are so simple to make and have a simple-comfort food feel as you take each bite! The first time I made this I didn’t have a corse grater (of course that was one of the many things I gave away when I first moved into our home). I used a fine grater and so it didn’t have that potato strand / hashbrown look to it. I also didn’t have a fine strainer so it was too watery the first go around. It came out tasting the same but was more of a fritter ball. So in my recent shopping adventures (since the usual involves just going to Publix or Costco) I picked up a corse grater and fine strainer. I made the meal and WOW! It came out exactly as pictured in the Rachael Ray magazine and had a crunchier textures around the edges. Latkes are definitely a hit at my house…even my son Jacob enjoyed them!

Note the original recipe called for vegetable oil and since we are trying to be more health conscious  we substituted it with canola oil! 🙂

Ingredients

1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
Salt and pepper
1 lb. large yukon gold potatoes
1/2 large onion
2 tbsp. potato starch
2 eggs, beaten
canola oil, for frying

Prepare

1. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream and chives; season with salt and pepper.
2. Using a box grater set in a wide, shallow bowl, coarsely grate the potatoes and onion; stir to combine.
3. Using your hands and working in batches, squeeze out as much liquid as possible; transfer the potato-onion mixture to a bowl.
4. Stir in the potato starch and 1 tsp. salt.
5. Mix in the eggs.
6. Transfer the mixture to a fine strainer; drain.
7. In a large skillet, add enough oil to measure a depth of 1/4 inch, then heat over medium heat.
8. Working in 2 batches, scoop 1/4-cup mounds of the mixture onto a cutting board and flatten to form 3-inch-wide pancakes.
9. Using a spatula, place the pancakes into the pan and cook, turning once, until golden, about 5 minutes; drain.
10. Sprinkle with salt and serve with the chive sour cream.

Latkes
Serves 8
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sour cream
  2. 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  3. Salt and pepper
  4. 1 lb. large yukon gold potatoes
  5. 1/2 large onion
  6. 2 tbsp. potato starch
  7. 2 eggs, beaten
  8. canola oil, for frying
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream and chives; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Using a box grater set in a wide, shallow bowl, coarsely grate the potatoes and onion; stir to combine.
  3. Using your hands and working in batches, squeeze out as much liquid as possible; transfer the potato-onion mixture to a bowl.
  4. Stir in the potato starch and 1 tsp. salt.
  5. Mix in the eggs.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a fine strainer; drain.
  7. In a large skillet, add enough oil to measure a depth of 1/4 inch, then heat over medium heat.
  8. Working in 2 batches, scoop 1/4-cup mounds of the mixture onto a cutting board and flatten to form 3-inch-wide pancakes.
  9. Using a spatula, place the pancakes into the pan and cook, turning once, until golden, about 5 minutes; drain.
  10. Sprinkle with salt and serve with the chive sour cream.
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latkes, potato pancakes, Jewish cooking, fall food, comfort food

author: Teresa Gonzalez

<p>Teresa is a South Florida native who is a photographer that also has a passion for food. She’s a seeker of sunshine, lazy days at the beach, and exquisite food.</p>

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    lisa @ garlicandzest.comAugust 16, 2015

    What a cool idea! I must say, I’m glad you didn’t make the cones – I was feeling singularly unaccomplished!

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    lisa @ garlicandzest.comOctober 14, 2015

    congratulations! so happy for you and your family!

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    MargaretNovember 18, 2015

    Hello Teresa, I am so very excited to try your cider bourbon glazed turkey, however the recipe states you have included your own cider bourbon glaze recipe “below”…but it is not there. Would you please send it to me? My William sonoma is out. Thank you have a wonderful thanksgiving! Margaret

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    anna kraft heinOctober 8, 2017

    Hi Teresa! I’m in the same boat as Margaret! Where is the cider bourbon recipe? I don’t see it, either. Can’t wait to try!

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