Potato Latkes

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By Francine Lizotte
from Surrey South, BC

Crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside, these Potato Latkes are just fabulous! They're great to enjoy with apple sauce and/or crème fraîche.

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serves 14 latkes
prep time 20 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Pan Fry

Ingredients

  •   2 large
    russet potatoes, peeled and cut lengthwise
  •   1/2 large
    red onion, peeled and cut into medium pieces
  •   2 large
    free-run eggs, lightly beaten
  •   3/4 c
    matzo meal (substitute bread crumbs)
  •   2 Tbsp
    unbleached all-purpose flour
  •   1 tsp
    kosher salt
  •   1/2 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper, or to taste (i always use mixed peppercorns)
  •   1 Tbsp
    fresh chopped parsley
  •   1 1/2 c
    canola oil, or more for frying (substitute grapeseed or peanut oil)
  •   1/2 c
    duck fat, or more for frying

How To Make

  • 1
    Using a box grater or a food processor with the shredding disk, grate potatoes and onion alternatively. Transfer mixture onto a thin, clean dish towel; gather the corners and holding it over a large bowl, squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  • 2
    Don’t discard the liquid yet and let it sit for 2 minutes to let the starch settle to the bottom. A couple minutes later, discard the liquid but keep the starch deposit.
  • 3
    Put the potato mixture in the bowl. To this add beaten eggs, matzo meal, flour, salt, freshly ground black pepper and parsley; stir until well combined and set aside.
  • 4
    In a large cast iron pan over medium-high, heat oil and duck fat until it reaches 350ºF. Meanwhile, using a ¼ cup measuring cup, portion the potato mixture and flatten them down to about ½-inch thick.
  • 5
    When oil reaches the right temperature, gently place the latkes making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry them until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side flipping them carefully. When cooked, transfer them to a wire rack sitting on a baking sheet lined with paper towel. If making a large batch, keep latkes in the oven at 170ºF. Serve with apple sauce and crème fraiche
  • 6
    To view this recipe on YouTube, click on this link >>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsT49j51Fec