These are the potato latkes I make on season 3 episode 3 of Zoë Bakes on Magnolia Network!
Hanukkah is extra special for me this year because my mom is in town. Exploring new twists on Jewish holiday classics, I makes cake donuts topped with a saffron glaze, crushed pistachios and rose petals along with these potato latkes with an array of toppings. I hope you’ll give them a try and let me know what you think by rating/reviewing below!
- 5 large russet potatoes, peeled
- 1 medium onion, peeled
- Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup matzo meal
- 1/4 cup chopped chives
- Pinch baking powder
- Ground black pepper
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup canola oil
- Caviar, crème fraîche, chives, lox, apple slices, applesauce, pomegranate seeds, pickled onions, and fresh herbs (chives, dill, or parsley)
- Grate the potatoes and onion using a box grater or a food processor fitted with a shredding blade.
- In a large bowl, mix the potatoes and onions with a pinch of salt and allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Use your hands to squeeze out all the liquid and transfer the vegetables to a large bowl. Add the matzo meal, chopped chives, and baking powder and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Add the beaten eggs and combine well.
- Line a sheet pan with paper towels. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and add 1/2 cup oil to the skillet. You want roughly 1/4 inch of oil in the skillet, so add more depending on how large your pan is. When the oil is hot, test the temperature by dropping a bit of batter into the hot oil and checking that it sizzles.
- Form latkes by taking a 1/4 cup of batter at a time and flattening it into a disk with your hands. Working in batches (don’t crowd the skillet), place the latkes in the oil and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on the first side, until golden brown and crispy around the edges. Flip the latkes and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on the second side. Drain on the paper towels. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet as needed.
- Place the latkes on a large serving platter accompanied by the optional toppings of your choice. I love traditional toppings such as crème fraîche and applesauce, as well as lox, caviar, pomegranate seeds, and chives and other fresh herbs.
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