It’s the last night of Channukah but I figured, better late than never for the latke recipe. My mother uses a cookbook from the ages called Love & Knishes and it looks exactly like this, faded cover and all. The link takes you to the new, revised version — but order this used or even better — hunt for it in a local used book store. The new one looks cheesy and awful and look how lovely the old one is. I bet the recipes are better in the old version too. My Mom’s ancient Joy of Cooking is way better than the modernized versions.
But then, I also think that latkes tasted better before the Cuisinart because the drops of blood that got grated in with the vegetables added a nice mineral taste. Don’t tell the CDC. At any rate, those days are long gone.
My Mom wrote this recipe from memory because the cookbook is downstairs and she’s not, but it sounds pretty right to me.
6 medium potatoes, peeled, cut, and then grated (yields about 2 cups of potatoes)
1 onion, grated with each batch of potatoes
2 eggs, beaten well
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
Lots of oil for frying (we use olive oil)
Preheat the oven to 200 if you won’t be eating them as they come off the pan.
In Cuisinart, grate potatoes along with one onion.
Pour grated vegetables into large sieve and let sit to drain over sink.
Once mixture has been sieved, then push down on mixture to ensure that all excess moisture has been removed. Pancakes are crisper when the mixture is dryer.
Heat oil in frying pan until it begins to sizzle, which means that it is hot enough. Carefully ladle spoonfuls of mixture into hot oil. Let cook until edges turn brown. Only then, flip pancakes to brown on the other side.
Once fully cooked, remove and place onto paper towels. After pancakes are well blotted, place them in a single layer on cookie sheets in a 200 degree oven until ready to serve.
We serve them with lactose-free sour cream and apple sauce.
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Play dreidls afterwards if you can still see straight from all you have eaten