Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hannukah Dinner: Potato Latkes

I am Catholic, but my husband is half Jewish.  Our children are being raised Catholic, however, we do go to celebrate Hanukkah and Passover with his mom's side of the family.  This year, we won't be visiting his mom's family until sometime in January.  I thought that we should celebrate the holiday, even if it is just the four of us.  So, tonight we made potato latkes and Crisp Cornish Game Hens with Spiced Cranberry-Honey Glaze for dinner.  Then we lit the menorah and played dreidel with m&ms and pennies. Hopefully, later this week we'll make some sufganiyas (jelly doughnuts) and possibly some blintzes.  My daughter has also requested we make more latkes, since she loves them so much!

Potato Latkes

4 cups peeled and shredded potatoes
1 small grated onion
2 eggs, beaten
4 tablespoons matzo meal
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying
sour cream or applesauce optional

1. Squeeze the excess water out of the potatoes before placing in a bowl. (we used our clean hands!)
2.In a medium bowl stir the potatoes, onion, eggs, matzo meal, and salt together.

3.In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until hot. Place large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down on them to form 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick patties. Brown on one side, turn and brown on the other. Place on paper towels to drain.  Serve hot with either sour cream or apple sauce.

Family Rating: 2 thumbs up! Who doesn't like crispy, hot latkes?! (except my son!)

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