Thursday, February 20, 2014


Duff says his great-grandmother Mamo made the best latkes in the whole world! Here is his adaptation of her recipe.

5 large or 6 small firm Yukon gold potatoes (about 2 1/4 lbs)
1 large onion, halved
1 large egg
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or matzo meal
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
Applesauce or other toppings, for serving

Peel the potatoes, immediately immersing them in very cold water as you finish each one.

Remove the potatoes from the water. Grate the potatoes and onion with a food processor fitted with the grating blade. Don't press too hard on the potatoes going in, just enough to get them through.

Transfer potatoes and onion to a fine mesh strainer; squeeze out all the water into a bowl. Let the potato starch settle, then pour out as much water as possible, leaving the starch in the bowl. Add the potato-onion mixture to the bowl and mix in the egg, flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste.

Heat a well seasoned cast-iron skillet with a thin layer of vegetable oil over medium heat. Scoop large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the pan and flatten them out (thin pancakes yield crispy ones). Fry until golden on the bottom, then gently flip and fry the other side, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. If you have to wait to serve, re-crisp them on a baking sheet lined with clean paper towels in a 350 degree oven.

Serve with applesauce, cinnamon applesauce, sour cream, etc.

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