Potato Latkes

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Potato latkes are fried pancakes made from grated potatoes, eggs and flour. They are fried in oil and kind of remind me of hash browns. Some people like to top their latkes with sour cream, applesauce or just sugar. I like to eat mine with ketchup :) Now for a little history! Latkes are traditionally eaten by Jews during Hanukkah to celebrate the miracle of oil. The oil that the latkes are cooked in is to commemorate the oil that miraculously provided light for eight days. It was only expected to last one day but it lasted exactly how long it took to press more fresh oil. This is why Jews all over the world eat foods fried in oil on Hanukkah. You don't have to serve them only during Hanukkah. These would make wonderful breakfast treats or a great side dish! Enjoy this yummy recipe!


Potato Latkes

Ingredients:
2 cups peeled and shredded potatoes
1 tablespoon grated onion
3 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup peanut oil for frying

Directions:

Place the potatoes in a cheesecloth and wring, extracting as much moisture as possible.
In a medium bowl stir the potatoes, onion, eggs, flour and salt together.
In a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until hot. Place large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down on them to form 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick patties. Brown on one side, turn and brown on the other. Let drain on paper towels. Serve hot!

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