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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Potato Latkes

December is such a great time of year.  There are so many festivals of light that almost always involve food!  Some of the traditional foods eaten on Hanukkah include eating foods fried in oil, such as potato latkes or potato pancakes. This morning before our Hanukkah party, I referred to my newly owned copy of Second Helpings by Noreen Gilletz.  My girlfriend Julia bought it for me as soon as I got engaged.  Thanks mom, but, I don't need to borrow yours anymore!

For each batch of latkes, (yield about 2 dozen) peel and grate 6 potatoes.
Be sure to drain out all of the excess liquid.
As you can see below, after grating, a lot of liquid is produced.

Pour out the liquid and add remaining ingredients. I also like to add 1 tsp. of Chicken flavoured Osem Soup and Seasoning Mix. It adds even more flavour to each latke. Remember, even after mixing all ingredients together, the less liquid, the crispier the latke!

I used the same recipe to make sweet potato latkes.  I quickly realized that the sweet potato latkes didn't stick together as well as the regular ones.  Julia reminded me that sweet potatoes don't have as much starch as regular potatoes...ooops!  Next time I will have to combine more white potatoes with less sweet potatoes so that the sweet potato latkes stick together a bit better than they did today! Nevertheless, they tasted delicious!

The unhealthy but mouth watering method:  Drop from a spoon into hot oil, turning only once. 

The healthier, less sinful method:  Brush only 1 tsp of oil onto the pan and let fry.  Turn once browned.
Alternately, baking latkes is just as delicious.  Place latkes on an aluminum foil covered baking sheet brushed with 1 tsp. of oil.  Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes on each side. 
Before serving, place finished latkes on paper towel to drain.
Before eating, Hanukkah candles are lit to commemorate the miracle of the Maccabees' victory and the miracle of the oil that burnt for eight days in the Temple.  Since today is the third day of Hanukkah, three candles are lit using the Shamash (the helper candle), starting from the far right of the Hanukkiah. Each day, another candle is added and is lit.
Serve potato latkes with apple sauce, sour cream and sugar.


  1. Your Hanukkiah is so cool! I wish I had known about baking the latkes before I made my Christmas ones last week. I've never really got the hang of frying, and that would save a lot of mess. I'll have to remember that for the next batch. Yours look so good I want to reach into the computer screen and eat those!

  2. Um... YES PLEASE! I have never had them but adding sweet potatoes? This seems right up my ally. I'm from NJ and many of my friends celebrate Hanukkah so they've spoken fondly of latkes... can't wait to try this (I'll probably post about it since most of my cooking turns out hilarious...) THANKS!!!!


  3. Those look delicious! We just had a lenghty conversation over the weekend with the in-laws about potato pancakes that had my mouth watering! I think I'll give these a whirl.

  4. Your latkes look delicious! Much better than my frozen ones here