Happy Chanukkah!

December 20, 2017

Potato Pancakes, even better



Try this recipe from Smitten Kitchen!


  • 1 large baking potato (1 pound), peeled

  • 1 small onion (4 ounces), peeled

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or potato starch

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • A few grinds freshly ground pepper

  • 1 large egg

  • Peanut oil, for frying


In a food processor or on the large holes of a box grater, coarsely shred the potato and onion. For longer strands, lay the potato sideways in the chute of your food processor. Transfer to a colander or wrap in a cheesecloth sling, and squeeze as dry as possible. Let stand for 2 minutes, then squeeze out again.


In a large bowl, whisk the flour or starch, baking powder (if using), salt and pepper, and egg together. Stir in the potato onion mixture until all pieces are evenly coated.

Heat oven to 175 degrees and cover a large baking sheet with foil.


In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil until shimmering. Drop packed tablespoons of the potato mixture into the skillet and flatten them with the back of a spoon. Cook the latkes over moderately high heat until the edges are golden, about 1 1/2 minutes; flip and cook until golden on the bottom, about 1 minute. Drain on paper towels and transfer to prepared tray, and transfer the tray to the oven to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining potato mixture, adding more oil to the skillet as needed.


Serve and enjoy!



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