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Recipe: Classic potato latkes

CLASSIC: The traditional latke is always the star of the Hanukkah table.
(Michael Robinson Chavez, Los Angeles Times)

Total time: 50 minutes

Servings: 8 to 12 (makes 2 to 2 1/2 dozen latkes)

Note: Adapted from “The Essential Book of Jewish Festival Cooking” by Phyllis Glazer with Miriyam Glazer.

2 pounds boiling potatoes, peeled


2 large onions (1 pound), halved crosswise

4 eggs, beaten

2 teaspoons salt

1 cup matzo meal


1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup vegetable or olive oil, or a blend of the two, divided

1. Grate the potatoes on the medium or fine side of a grater and place in a fine wire-mesh strainer suspended over a bowl. Grate the onion on the medium side of the grater and place in a separate strainer. Let both stand 10 minutes to drain. Press down gently to extract as much moisture as possible.

2. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl, add the grated onion, beaten eggs and seasonings, and mix well. Fold in the matzo meal. Let stand for 10 minutes, while heating one-fourth cup oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.


3. Scoop up one heaping tablespoon of the mixture and place it in the hot oil. Press down gently with the back of a spoon to flatten and form the latke. Repeat to form 4 to 5 latkes, depending on the size of pan, leaving space between them to facilitate turning.

4. Fry on medium heat until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the latkes to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat until all of the latkes are cooked, adding additional oil as necessary for frying. Serve warm.

Each of 12 servings: 225 calories; 5 grams protein; 27 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 11 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 71 mg. cholesterol; 416 mg. sodium.

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