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Sunday, March 9, 2008

 

good snacking :: potato pancakes!

this weekend i felt like trying something new, but not terribly complicated. as mentioned before, i love pancakes and i love potatoes, so i figured that potato pancakes (latkes) would be right up my alley. and they were. so much so that to my hubby i was all, "this is crazy! why have i never made these before?"

the best part is the ingredients needed to make them are things i usually have on
hand. including applesauce for serving on the side. easy. yummy.

POTATO PANCAKES
adapted from fine cooking magazine

2 1
/2 lbs. russet potatoes (4 medium), peeled
1 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 cup canola oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 large egg
2 tbs. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
freshly ground pepper to taste

sour cream and/or applesauce for serving

1. heat oven to 250 degrees.

2. grate potatoes in food processor, transfer to a clean kitchen towel, wrap and squeeze as much water out of the potatoes as possible.

3. in the food processor, replace the grating disc with the chopping blade. add 1 tbs. of the oil and the onion, egg, flour, baking powder, pepper and the salt to the food processor bowl, then add the potatoes, process for 10 seconds. scrape down the sides and process again for 10-15 seconds more. transfer the mixture to a large bowl.

4. have ready a large plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels. in a 10" skillet, heat 1/8 inch of remaining oil over medium heat until it shimmers. with a soup spoon ladle four mounds o
f the potato mixture into the oil and spread slightly with the back of the spoon until they are about 3 1/2" in diameter.

5. cook until the pancakes are a deep golden color, 2-3 minutes. lift the with spatula and turn them over. cook second side 2-3 minutes more. transfer to paper towel-lined plate or baking sheet and blot well and sprinkle with salt. keep them warm in the oven while you cook
the rest. add oil as needed to maintain and 1/8" level of oil.

6. serve warm with sour cream and/or applesauce.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous kn said...

These sound really good!

March 10, 2008 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger Cakespy said...

Thanks a "latke" for the great snack idea! :-)

March 12, 2008 at 2:17 PM  
Anonymous ntsc said...

These also work really well with homemade cranberry sausce. I make lots extra at Thanksgiving and can it.

March 12, 2008 at 2:33 PM  

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