Because nothing says Hanukkah like a potato pancake. Yum.

For this recipe, we’re sharing one of the Food Network Kitchen‘s classic latke recipes that only take an hour to make — prep to bite — and are labeled as level “easy.” Which makes us love this recipe even more. Obviously.

So pour yourself a glass of mulled wine (food always tastes a better when you’re tipsy), tie that apron on, and let’s get cooking!

Shall we?

What You Need

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes (the big ones)
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 3 tablespoons matzo meal
  • 1 large egg (pull an MJ and beat it – lightly)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Veggie oil
  • And your choice of toppings (Food Network suggests sour cream and a spiced apple-pear sauce, but we’re lazy and crème fraîche and caviar is easier)

What You Do

  • Peel the potatoes and shred them in the food processor (make sure you have the right blade).
  • Repeat with the onion.
  • Throw the shredded taters and onion into a bowl and mix in the matzo meal, egg, baking powder and kosher salt.
  • Fill a large skillet with about 1/2 in of oil (you’ll know the oil is hot enough if you drop a piece of potato in and it gives a steady sizzle — a dramatic sizzle or smoke means the oil is too hot).
  • Scoop the mixture out by 1/4 cupfuls and place them carefully — no splash burns, please — into the pan, flattening them with your spatula.
  • Fry ’em up, flipping the latkes once each.
  • You’ll know they’re done when they’re a delicious golden brown and cooked through (about 3 minutes).
  • Drain the latkes on paper towels to avoid extra grease, and to make your “lose all this holiday weight” New Year’s resolution a little easier.
  • Dollop on some sour cream and a scoop of apple-pear sauce (if you’re not lazy) or a scoop of caviar if you’ve decided it’s easier to just buy a damn topping (amen).

A Step Further

Of course, you can’t just have one appetizer at your Hanukkah dinner. So we’ve rounded up a few options from our list of spectacular local merchants.

Hint hint: These also make fabulous holiday gifts in the form of Hanukkah gift cards. Just sayin’.





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