I make Latkes (my mother called them Potato Pancakes) year round. Sometimes I make them dense as a breakfast food and other times I make them tiny and serve them as appetizers with sour cream, dill , caviar and applesauce. Yesterday morning they were on my brunch table along with candied bacon BLTs and broiled grapefruit from my trees. While generally latkes are made with flour, I used cornstarch with mine so they are also gluten free. If you have a food processor it is a super easy recipe, if you don’t it is still pretty fast. Give them a try both ways and you will see how delicious they can be. I like mine savory, so I eat them with really good BBQ sauce and bacon, but for a fancier meal I go for the lighter version and add sour cream, smoked salmon and dill.
- 2 large russet potatoes
- 1/2 red onion
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- Pinch of Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill (optional)
- 1/2″ of olive oil & 1 tablespoon of butter in a large heavy pan
Using the fine grater on the food processor grate the potatoes and onion. Place in a sieve over a bowl and allow to rest for 5 minutes, then push the excess water out.
*Note if using a hand grater, use the larger holed grater, the fine one on that is too small.
Place the potatoes and onion in a medium bowl and add the egg and stir, then sprinkle the corn starch and dill over the bowl and stir again till all are incorporated. For larger portions, create 2-3 flat cakes and add to the pan when the oil sizzles when a piece f potato hits it. For the smaller portions add cakes about 1 1/2 to 2″ across. These cook more quickly, so keep your eye on them. You want the small cakes to be lighter, more light gold and the larger cakes to be a crispy golden brown. Place on a rack to drain before serving.
I use Potato Starch. Corn was a no-no for Passover in my house. Now it’s a habit.
this look so delicious !!!! I can’t wait to try this recipe at home!!! The best part about the season is eating, hanging out with friend and family, and enjoying each other’s company.
Thanks so much! And yes, that is what it is all about. Happy Hanukkah!