Hullo internets. Today we will be looking into a Jewish classic and a personal favorite of mine. This recipe has been passed down through my family, and perfected by my mother (of course) and now simplified by yours truly. Latkes can make a great side to just about any meal in substitute of toast, garlic bread, or similar sides. The preparation is rather simple and the ingredients are very inexpensive.
1 Package frozen shoe-string style hash browns (thaw about 4 handfulls)
1/2 yellow onion
1 package matzo meal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
First off this recipe has a lot of give and take. you could just as easily use about 3 large handfulls of the thawed hash browns and a full onion, etc. I personally like more potatoe less onion, as they fry up better.
First thing is thaw out your hash browns. I did this for about 30min in a strainer, then about 10min in the oven at 200 degrees. A nice thing about getting the potatoe this way rather than cutting them is the resultant has much less moisture and therefore does not need to have the water pressed out. Also slightly chilled potatoes tend to fry up much better.
In a large bowl combine potatoe and finely diced onion. I added about 2 cloves crushed garlic as well, up to you. Beat the three eggs and mix into bowl with potatoe concoction. Once evenly mixed add the matzo meal and about half the flour. Mix together, add more flour if the combined product seems too moist. At this point you can also add black pepper and salt (which i did).
In a heavy bottom sauce pan heat up about 1/4 in of olive oil, vegetable oil, or other good frying oil over medium//medium-low. Powder your hands with flour (the latke mix should be very very sticky by this time) and form the latkes about 3-4 inches around and 1/2 inch thick (or so). Drop them gingerly into the frying pan and allow to brown on both sides. Set on paper towels to drain excess grease.
Viola! You have mastered the time honed art of cooking Jewish latkes. Serve with applesauce for a tradition twist, or whatever your mouth may fancy.
This made about 6 pancake sized latkes for me, two for a good size in a meal, is 3 servings.
Local supermarket cost of ingredients: 3 eggs ($.30), 1 pack of matzo ball mix ($1.5), hash browns ($2), onion ($1). This pans out to about $1.50 per serving calculating generously.