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Flank steak with tamari sauce, garlic green beans, and baked potatoes.

Latkes

Feb. 1st, 2015 10:20 pm
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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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* spatchcocked turkey
14lbs, from Eddie's. Forgot to ask for the backbone for gravy, so cut off the wing tips and used those. Turkey was perfect, and gravy was spectacular.
* Parker House rolls
* Hasselback potato gratin
* sweet potato casserole, using Kenji's mashed sweet potatoes as the base, and Grandmom C's pecan topping
* stuffing, from D's mom's recipe, but prepared in the slow cooker
* roasted cauliflower with pine nuts & raisins (omitted capers)
* canned cranberry sauce
* Fordhook lima beans
* corn

appetizers included Arie's stuffed mushrooms, a cheese platter with figs, and a veg platter with these three dips:
* green goddess, subbing fish sauce for the anchovies
* ranch
* blue cheese dip
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3 ounces finely grated Gruyère or comté cheese (or any soft cheese)
2 ounces finely grated Parmigiano-reggiano
2 cups heavy cream (1 pint)
2 medium cloves garlic, minced (I use 4)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8th-inch thick on a mandoline slicer (~5 medium potatoes; you can also slice by hand if you've got good knife skills, like D :)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 400°F. Combine cheeses in a large bowl. Transfer 1/3 of cheese mixture to a separate bowl and set aside. Add cream, garlic, and thyme to cheese mixture. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add potato slices and toss with hands until every slice is coated with cream mixture, making sure to separate any slices that are sticking together to get the cream mixture in between them.

Grease a 2-quart casserole dish with butter. Pick up a handful of potatoes, organizing them into a neat stack, and lay them in the casserole dish with their edges aligned vertically. Continue placing potatoes in casserole, working around the perimeter and into the center until all potatoes have been added. Potatoes should be very tightly packed. If necessary, slice additional potato, coat with cream mixture, and add to casserole. Pour excess cream/cheese mixture evenly over potatoes until the mixture comes half way up the sides of the casserole. You may not need all excess liquid.

Cover tightly with foil and transfer to oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until top is pale golden brown, about 30 minutes longer. Carefully remove from oven, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and return to oven. Bake until deep golden brown and crisp on top, about 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven, let rest for a few minutes, and serve.

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