Today is the first day of April Vacation, so that means it's time to start relaxing and getting back into the blog mood.
This morning I realized I had some organic russet potatoes that needed to be used, and I happen to have a box of Matzo Meal (Matzo Ball soup is on the horizon...), so I thought I'd give them a try. Latkes have been on my must try to make list for a long time.
They are delicious and were a bit hit with my family. I adapted my recipe from one I found from Good Housekeeping. Their recipe used a lot of oil, which I'm sure would have made them even more tasty. But, ever conscious of my family's health, I tried reducing the oil by about two thirds. The color of the latkes probably would have been more golden had I "fried" them rather than "sauteed" them.
I also made some homemade applesauce to serve alongside the latkes. This was the first time I made applesauce without using cinnamon. It was quite tasty without. If you prefer, you could cook the applesauce and then let it cool, or you can serve it warm.
6 small russet potatoes
1 small onion
2 T flour or matzo meal
1 T fresh parsley
1 T lemon juice
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
3 T canola oil
Start making the applesauce. Peel and pare four or five small apples. (I used organic Gala.) Place them in a small pan with 1/2 cup water (or apple juice/cider) if you have it and 1/4 cup sugar. Bring it to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes. When they are tender, mash the apples.
Meanwhile, peel potatoes. Shred them in your food processor, along with the onion. Put potatoes and onions in a dish towel and squeeze all the water out. When you think you're done, squeeze some more. Place contents in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the oil and mix well. Preheat a large non-stick saute pan on medium heat. Drizzle about 1 T of canola oil in pan. After it heats up, scoop about 1/4 cup of the potato mixture and drop into the oil to make about 4 latkes. Use the bottom of the measuring cup to flatten them out. After about 5 minutes, flip and cook another 5 minutes. When they are done, drain on a paper towel. Repeat until you have made a total of about 12 pancakes.
You may want to keep latkes warm in a 250 degree oven as they cook. Serve with warm applesauce.