Saturday, December 8, 2012

Latkes - Potato Pancakes

Happy Hanukkah!
My family loves these, and while we aren't Jewish, since the calendar has lots of Jewish holidays, we use these holidays as excuses to enjoy these delicious potato pancakes.  

In essence, these are similar to large hash browns, except - tastier.  Especially when topped with sour cream and applesauce - the traditional way to eat them.  

5 lbs. russet potatoes (approx. 8) peeled, and grated - (cover with water while grating to slow down oxidation)
2 medium onions, grated
4 beaten eggs
1/4 - 1/2 c. flour
2 t. salt
Oil for frying

Remove potatoes from water and squeeze them to remove as much water as possible.  If desired, place between paper towels and squeeze to remove water.  
In a large bowl, mix potatoes and onions. 

Heat oil in a frying pan or electric frying pan.

Add eggs, flour, and salt to the potato mixture, and mix thoroughly with hands. 

When oil is hot enough for frying, place 1/3 c. mixture into hot oil.  Spread potatoes out so that it has a uniform thickness. 
Fry for approx. 5 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy, then flip and repeat.  

Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. 

These are traditionally served with sour cream and applesauce.   

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