Feedback/Notes

 

Latest Activity

Chris B replied to Loren Miller's discussion Excuse Our Coups! (Betty Bowers) in the group Freethought and Funny Bones
"Goes down great with my first coffee of the day!"
2 minutes ago
Stephen Brodie replied to Loren Miller's discussion Excuse Our Coups! (Betty Bowers) in the group Freethought and Funny Bones
"I love the Betty Bowers Vlogs so funny and inciteful.  Loren. Can you imagine the…"
1 hour ago
Loren Miller added a discussion to the group Freethought and Funny Bones
Thumbnail

Excuse Our Coups! (Betty Bowers)

It's been a bit over two weeks since the debacle at the Capitol happened, and I must confess that I…See More
5 hours ago
Joan Denoo commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
"Loren, the Clive Barker quote states the reality of our current superstitions as well as the…"
7 hours ago
Joan Denoo commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
"@Onyango, I found the whole quote: "The great men, who in France prepared men’s…"
7 hours ago
Mrs.B commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
"Yes."
10 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Happy Belated Birthday, Joan!  I hope yours was terrific!"
16 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
"It's been suggested that if the super-naturalists really had the powers they claim,…"
16 hours ago
Chris B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Well worked out, Mrs. B!"
18 hours ago
Stephen Brodie left a comment for Joan Denoo
"Joan, I hope you had a lovely day on your birthday "
21 hours ago
Mrs.B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"I am short so I put my feet on the fenders, & pack the floor with bags, as well as hang bags…"
21 hours ago
Mrs.B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"I always bring my groceries home on the scooter, but I use it as my shopping cart around the store…"
21 hours ago
Joan Denoo commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Oh! I forgot! A scooter isn't the best transport system for a household's food supply.…"
21 hours ago
Mrs.B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"And nobody touches my scooter, but me."
22 hours ago
Mrs.B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Don't know. Online shopping is brand new here, so I'm still in learning stage at what…"
22 hours ago
Mrs.B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Should have been fired in 2017."
22 hours ago
Joan Denoo commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Our local grocery store will fill our shopping list and Larry can pick it up in his vehicle. He…"
22 hours ago
Joan Denoo commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Thank you Chris B. It has been a lovely day and I look forward to a healthy 85th year. Jeez! where…"
22 hours ago
Joan Denoo commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Thank you, Ian & Mrs. B, for your greeting and for the beautiful bouquet of roses, Mrs.…"
22 hours ago
Chris B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Happy birthday, Joan!"
23 hours ago

We are a worldwide social network of freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and secular humanists.

http://thepartyzip.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/potato-latkes1.jpg

By Kelly Rossiter
Wed Dec 5, 2007


My husband is Jewish and grew up eating potato latkes every Hanukkah. I am Protestant and grew up eating mashed potatoes every Christmas. Shortly after we were married, he suggested that I get his Great Aunt Sara's latke recipe. It turned out that Aunt Sara was delighted to be asked and was happy to share her recipe. She was well into her nineties by then, and no longer had a kitchen to cook in so we had a little chat over the phone. It went like this:

AS: You take some potatoes
KR: How many potatoes?
AS: Enough. Then you peel and grate them.
KR: How finely do you grate them?
AS: Not too fine, they'll be mushy. But not too thick, they won't stay together. Then you add some egg.
KR: How much egg?
AS: Just a bit. Then you add the matzo meal.
KR: How much?
AS: Until it looks right.It sounds like a caricature, I know, but it really is true.

It points to a huge difference in the way Aunt Sara learned to cook and the way we learn to cook today, if we learn or cook at all. She had no Food Network, no celebrity-chef cookbooks, no takeout, no microwave dinners. She had her mother, and maybe her grandmother to show her what to do.

When you are standing at someone's elbow watching, suddenly "enough" and "until it looks right" make perfect sense. So, over the years through a bit of trial and error I now know what "enough" and "until it looks right" means, and so do my children.

These days I make the latkes for the family Hanukkah party, and they have also become my pot-luck contribution at our neighbours Christmas party. I use about 25 pounds to 30 pounds worth of potatoes for the latkes each year. I've always eyeballed it, a la Aunt Sara.

I thought I'd better try for some semblance of a recipe, though, so I made a little batch and wrote down amounts as I went along. In the spirit of Aunt Sara's cooking, however, you should assume that the amounts are approximate, and then put them in the pan once they look right to you.

I make the latkes in batches, because the potatoes turn brown once they are peeled. Some people put them into water with lemon juice added. I use a Cuisinart to grate the potatoes: small holes for the onions, large holes for the potatoes. Have a stack of tea towels and hand towels nearby, because you will have to wash your hands an astonishing number of times before you are done.

Kelly's Potato Latkes, by Way of Aunt Sara
Yields 15 latkes

3 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and grated
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2-1 small onion, finely grated
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp matzo meal
Oil for frying
Sour cream or apple sauce for serving

1. Squeeze the grated potatoes to remove any excess water.

2. Mix together all of the ingredients except the oil. You know you have enough egg and matzo if the potato doesn't instantly fall apart when you squeeze it.

3. In a large skillet heat about 1/2 inches of vegetable oil. If you are using a really good non-stick pan, you'll need much less oil. Heat the oil until hot but not smoking. Test the oil by dropping in a piece of potato. If it sizzles instantly, the oil is ready.

4. Put enough potato mixture into your hand to cover your palm. Over the sink, squeeze the mixture between your palms, removing as much water as possible.

5. If you are nervous about the hot oil, put the latke onto the end of your spatula and slide it gently into the oil, otherwise just carefully place it in from your hand. Some potato is bound to break away.

Do not despair if your latke breaks apart, it's going to happen once in awhile. Give the broken pieces to your family who will be hovering around the kitchen hoping for just that outcome.

Sometimes you can just push it back together in the pan and leave it, and it's fine. Do not overcrowd the pan because it will be too difficult to turn the latkes over without breaking them. I usually cook four at a time.

It is important to let the latke cook well on the bottom before trying to turn it over. I usually wait until I can see some brown creeping up the sides of the latke. If you turn them too soon, they will certainly fall apart.

6. Drain them on paper towels, or brown paper bags work too.

7. You can serve them immediately or keep them in airtight containers for a day or two. Reheat on a baking sheet in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes.

8. You can serve them with sour cream or apple sauce depending on your preference. I'm a sour-cream girl all the way.

Difficulty level: Moderate

http://planetgreen.discovery.com/food-health/its-hanukkah-make-some...

Views: 144

Replies to This Discussion

I adore latkes! There can be made vegan, too.

It's a good idea to lightly salt the grated potato, and let it sit a while and then really wring it out good, like in a cloth towel.  The drier the potatoes are, the better the latkes stay together.  
Thanks for reminding me about latkes, I'm making some tomorrow to go with the turkey-matzo-ball soup I'll make with the turkey carcass cooking right now. Yummy!
PS, I don't usually peel the potatoes, they grate just fine with the peels and all their flavor, vitamins and fiber left on.  Just clean the potatoes, de-eyeing them, like you were going to bake them.

I don't peel the potatoes either. And I also let them sit a bit and then pat-dry them!

RSS

© 2021   Created by Atheist Universe.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service