La Cucina di Kat: Delicious Potato Pancakes (Latkes)

There’s really not much to these, but they're just tasty, tasty , tasty! I serve them with sour cream or applesauce. These can be made ahead of time, placed in Ziploc bags and reheated.

Ingredients
About 6 medium potatoes grated (large grater) = about 3 cups of shredded potatoes
1 medium white onion finely grated
2 Eggs
6 tablespoons of flour or matzo meal (You can use all flour, but I mix it about 1 tblspn flour and 2 tblspns Matzo meal - somehow the Matzo meal adds something. Not necessary though.
Salt - depending on your taste
Peanut or vegetable oil for frying
(this recipe makes about 12 medium sized)

Note: You have to work fast with these as the starch will turn the Potatoes dark. Grating your potatoes into icewater will help if you're doing these in stages.

Peel your potatoes and cut them into manageable pieces for a food processor. If grating by hand - leave them whole. 

Grate your onion with a fine blade (almost minced). Add to a large mixing bowl. 

Grate the potates with a larger grate blade - they should look shredded.

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Heat about 1/2 inch of peanut/vegetable oil in large skillet.

While transferring the potatoes to the mixing bowl with the onions, give them a good squeeze to rid them of excess water and starch. Add the flour (or matza meal) and eggs. Mix well and add salt. Just taste a bit of the mix to determine how much you need - usually more than you think as potatoes really soak up salt.

You'll be amazed at how much liquid you squeeze out.

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After mixing everything together the mixture should look something like this

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Make sure that your oil is hot and drop large tablespoons of the mixture into the frying pan. 

Keep frying them and turning until they are golden brown

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If you're going to eat them immediately, remove them from the pan and drain them on a plate lined with paper towels. I usually put them on a broiler tray to drain the grease and sit them in a 250 degree oven until we're ready to serve them.

So good as a side or even a main course! 

Enjoy!

                                    

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