Updated: Jan 14
Latkes - a memory and taste of childhood, not just your average potatoes shredded and fried in oil, oh they are so much more! A traditional Hanukkah delight, although we‘ve been known to enjoy these babies throughout the year, Jared’s easy 7 ingredient recipe (if you don’t count the oil to fry in) has been handed down and inspired by our Grandmother. Although, she would admit his Potato Latkes were “very good....even better than mine!” And if you ever heard a comment like that from our Grammy..... A) we would ask if she was feeling okay or B) if she thought she was dying ( yes our family has been known to be a tad dark in the humor department). Of course she would laugh and make some smart comment in return, grab another latke, top it with a bit more apple sauce and shuffle back to her reading chair.... plop her half eaten latke on a napkin and commence eating while reading whatever she was reading at the moment (usually some crazy bodice ripper type novel😂).
Difficulty Meter: Easy
10 small russet potatoes
1 head garlic (crushed)
1 large yellow onion
1 Tablespoon Salt
2 Teaspoons Pepper (more to taste)
1 cup + 1 Tablespoon all purpose flour or matzo meal
olive oil for cooking
First, start out by shredding your potatoes and onions. (If you have a food processor with shredding capability...then go ahead and use that😁) Press your garlic and add all ingredients into a pasta strainer. Press out extra liquid into bowl.
Once liquid has been pressed into bowl...let sit for a few minutes so starch settles to the bottom. Pour out potato liquid, preserving only the starch.
Next, combine and whisk starch and eggs plus salt and pepper. Add potatoes, onions and garlic. Stir. Add flour and mix thoroughly.
Over high heat, warm pan (Jared likes to use cast iron) until oil begins to steam. As soon as oil starts to smoke turn heat down to medium. Using a tablespoon dollop potato mix into pan. “Skush” down the mix into a thin pancake like shape. Cook until edges start to brown about 3 minutes. Flip and press down. Cook until golden brown (about another 3 minutes).
* Chefs Tip* feel free to peek through the process until desired golden brown color is reached.
Enjoy plain right out of the pan or serve with traditional accoutrements. Sour cream, applesauce and salt. Feel free to break tradition and enjoy with sriracha, hot sauce, ketchup or even bbq sauce.
Find our full video tutorial on how to make these babies here.
Wishing you and your family peace and light this Holiday season!
Happy Hanukkah 🕎 X ~ The Sibs
Janna, Jared & Jenneka