Family Tradition Builder: During Chanukah we eat foods cooked in oil to remind us of the oil that burned in the Temple for eight days. Potato pancakes and doughnuts are both cooked in oil and enjoyed especially during Chanukah.
7 eggs, beaten
1 onion, chopped
3 tbsp matzo meal (or flour)
¼ c (or more) oil for the batter
Wash and peel potatoes; grate them into a large bowl or use a food processor. Rinse, rinse and rinse again in COLD water to remove starch and “spin” or “blot up” excess water. (Helpful Hint: toss in some of the beaten egg to keep potatoes from browning.) Chop onion & add to potatoes along with the rest of the eggs; add matzo meal, salt and pepper. Add oil to the batter and mix well.
Pour additional oil into a large frying pan to fill the bottom enough to almost cover your latkes (about ½ inch). Spoon a large tablespoon or two of batter into hot oil to form the latkes. Fry latkas until golden brown on both sides.
Latkes are delicious with sour cream or applesauce!
You can make Carrot Latka’s; half carrot, half potatoe; Sweet Potatoe Latka’s… Let your imagination run for fun! How about Carrot & Raisin Latka’s?