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latkas (potato pancakes)

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1latkas (potato pancakes) Empty latkas (potato pancakes) on 7th October 2009, 1:11 pm

Potato pancakes or latkes (sometimes spelled latkas) are cakes of grated potatoes fried in oil. Potato pancakes are called "latkes" in the Jewish tradition, but they are a European food and not specifically a Jewish one.


4 large potatoes
1 medium onion
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons Matzo meal, corn meal, or flour
salt to taste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (for less oily latkes), or enough oil to fill the pan to about 1/4 inch (1/2 cm).
applesauce and/or sour cream

Peel potatoes and onion and grate.
Optionally soak the resulting mixture in water, or squeeze it in a dishtowel, in order to remove excess starch.
Mix potato and onion with egg, meal, and salt.
Heat oil in a 10" pan over medium heat until it is quite hot. Drop 1-2 tablespoons of the potato mixture onto the pan per pancake.

Turn once to allow both sides to fry. Allow 10-15 minutes total.

Serve with applesauce and/or sour cream as a topping.

Serves four.

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