Friday, 27 September 2013

Potato Pancake "Latkes"

Pancake Month!

Noun; A thin, flat cake of batter, usually fried and turned in a pan.

 Its a little too early for Hanukkah but it’s never too early for potato latkes, these delicious pancakes are traditionally made during the Jewish Hanukkah festival.  If you love the potato family, and I mean the wild oily side of the family, namely French fries, croquettes, tatter tots, home fries or hash browns you are sure to love their cousin latkes.

These latkes bring back a lot of childhood memories. As kids hash browns were always our favorite. Back in high school When Jamaica had McDonald's our father would carry us every morning as a treat to get breakfast. We always ordered egg whites only egg mac muffin meals, with 2 extra  hash browns EACH! So that's three hash browns per child nine total in the entire order. My brother can tell you all about it, you need one for the appetizer, one to put inside the sandwich and one to eat simultaneously with the sandwich. Sometimes my father would protest and we only got two, sigh, the good old days

So as you can see I've been greedy for some time now. You can never go wrong with potatoes seasoned with salt and onions then fried. Crispy on the edges and outsides and soft on the inside just like a tater tot. But its really the onion that makes this potato pancake stand out flavor wise, I have always been a sucker for any kind of potato seasoned with garlic and onion. And in true form I had two of these for breakfast, one in a breakfast sandwich with bacon and eggs, and one simultaneously with the sandwich

This recipe makes about 12 potato pancakes. The hardest part is shredding the potatoes, you can blend them in a food processor but texturally I like the shredded coarse bits instead of a mushy blend.

Ingredients (Printable Recipe)

4 large potatoes (8 mediums ones)
2 eggs
1 onion
½  cup flour or matzah meal
1.5 teaspoon salt

Greedy tips:

1. Once you have mixed all the ingredients together, store it in a colander over another dish while your frying.  The shredded potatoes will continue to spring a lot of water. So this way the excess liquid is being drained off while your cooking.

2. To reheat this, make sure to toast not microwave

Xoxo Greedygirl