Latkes

Feb. 1st, 2015 10:20 pm
sarah: (taste)
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This is the second time we've made these, but I had two additional pieces of kitchen gear that made it much easier this time around: a food processor, and a cast-iron skillet.

For 12-15 small/medium latkes:

3 good sized russet potatoes, washed and peeled
2 cups diced onion (about 2 medium onions)
2 eggs
1/2 to 3/4 cup matzo ball mix
salt to taste (several tsp -- more than you'd think)
applesauce and/or sour cream, for serving

Shred the potatoes using the grater disc of a food processor. Dump the shredded potatoes in a piece of cheesecloth, folded over twice. Tie the corners around a wooden spoon and twist the bundle to wring out as much moisture as you can over a very large bowl. Get the potato as dry as possible.

Set the potato aside, and let the bowl of potato water sit undisturbed while you dice up the onion. Then carefully pour off the water (which will be red-brown), leaving the off-white potato starch in the bottom of the bowl.

In the cast-iron skillet, heat 1/2 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat.

Dump in the shredded potato and diced onion, and mix well with the starch (you could use a spoon, but it's easier if you get your hands dirty). Add an egg, followed by 1/4 c. of matzo mix, then the other egg, then another 1/4 c. of matzo mix, mixing after each addition. If necessary, add some more matzo mix, until the consistency is such that it all holds together when you make a patty. Add salt.

When the frying oil is hot, make a small test latke (about the volume of a golf ball), and use a spatula to slide it into the hot oil and press flat. Fry a few minutes on each side, until golden brown. Put several layers of paper towel on a plate to pat dry. Taste to see if it needs more seasoning, and repeat if necessary.

In a 12" skillet, you can fry up 3-4 latkes at a time, if they're smallish (about the volume of a kiwi fruit). Best served hot, topped with applesauce or sour cream (but not both in the same bite ;).

Adapted from Serious Eats; see this post for more latke tips.

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