Thursday, December 10, 2009

My husband was raised Jewish. I come from a Catholic family. We like to say our kids are Cashews (ironic that one should have a nut allergy!). Our son's kindergarten teacher kindly asked for some help preparing to celebrate Hanukkah with the children at school. We are grateful to live in a very cosmopolitan, diverse community where kids of all backgrounds will celebrate each others holidays, learning about the world's cultures and traditions through stories, songs and food.

Together with our son's teacher, the school's cook asked me for a recipe for potato latkes. She's going to make a batch to celebrate the Holiday and if they're a hit, these yummy potato pancakes could make it onto the regular breakfast menu at school. How fantastic is that?

My Lithuanian-Catholic grandmother made potato pancakes for us all the time when we were kids. My brother could eat dozens! She used dry Cream of Wheat cereal in place of matzo meal. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or not, give these tasty treats a whirl.

Potato Latkes
750 g of starchy potatoes, grated
1 large onion, grated
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 tbsp matzo meal or flour
salt & pepper
1/3 c vegetable oil
  • soak grated potatoes in cold water for 30 minutes
  • mix potatoes and onions, squeeze out as much liquid as possible (use a sieve or your hands, cheesecloth helps)
  • mix eggs and matzo meal into potato and onions, add salt and pepper
  • heat oil in a skillet, fry 2 tbsp of mixture in patties until golden brown on both sides
  • serve hot with apple sauce and sour cream
If you're making a large batch, place a rack on a cookie sheet and keep latkes warm in the oven until you're ready to serve.

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