Title: Classic Potato Pancakes
Yield: 4 servings
2 lb Mealy russet potatoes,
1 md Onion, coarsely grated
2 Eggs, lightly beaten
2 tb Matzo meal, or as needed
Salt to taste
1 ds Sugar to encourage browning
Vegetable oil for frying
Sour cream, yogurt, and/or
Squeeze to remove as much moisture as possible.
Combine potatoes, onion, eggs, matzo meal, salt, pepper and sugar.
Take half of this mixture and puree in a food processor or blender,
then recombine it with the remaining mixture.
Add more matzo meal if needed to make a thick batter.
Heat the oil in a heavy frying pan.
You will probably get by on a slick about 1/8 inch deep, especially
in a nonstick pan, but the deeper and hotter the oil the crisper the
Use a large spoon to drop portions of the mixture into the hot oil.
For thicker pancakes leave the batter mounded up high, for thinner,
lacier and crispier-edged disks, flatten the batter with a spoon as
soon as you add it to the pan.
Cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes, then turn and repeat on the
Latkes don't take kindly to being turned too man times and become
rather heavy as the continue to flip.
When golden on both sides, remove to paper towels and drain for a
moment before serving.
Accompany hot latkes with sour cream, yogurt and/or applesauce.
Sage latkes: Season with 1/2 teaspoon or so crumbled dry sage leaves
(or 1 teaspoon fresh) and 1/4 cup chopped parsley. Fry in duck or
Garlic rosemary latkes: Omit onion and add 2 cloves chopped garlic
along with 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary. Cook in olive oil and
serve with a sprinkling of salt rather than sour cream.
Leek latkes: Omit onion and substitute julienned leeks.
Brussels sprouts: surprising and deliciously wintry. Add 6 or so
coarsely grated Brussels sprouts to the potato batter. Serve with
sour cream seasoned with a dash of Dijon or whole-seed mustard. Do
not let Brussels sprout latkes sit around too long; they become
PER SERVING (Classic version, using a total of 2 tablespoons oil and
not counting accompaniments): 260 calories, 8 g protein, 37 g
carbohydrate, 10 g fat (2 g saturated), 105 mg cholesterol, 45 mg
sodium, 1 g fiber.
Marlena Spieler writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, 12/16/92.