The holidays are the perfect time to learn about different cultures. My favorite way to immerse myself in a new culture is through their food. It is currently Hanukkah and Latkes are a staple during this holiday. My knowledge of potato pancakes comes from German Festivals and from The Pierogi Lady here in the Cleveland area. I learned from Wade Wichard through Yourstory.org that Latkes symbolize the oil of the menorah that was able to stay aflame for 8 days following the ransacking of the Second Temple of Jerusalem. Those these are just delicious and crispy potato pancakes, they mean a lot more to individuals of the Jewish faith, stating that they symbolize the hardships and strife that the Jews have faced (Wichard, n.d.). Serve these latkes up hot with sour cream and applesauce.
Makes 8 Latkes
- 4 Small Potatoes
- 4 TBSP Flour
- 1 Egg
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1/4 Cup Onion, finely diced
- Salt + Pepper
- Vegetable Oil
Let’s Get Cooking
Shred your potatoes with a cheese grater or whatever you have. Once grated, lay the potatoes on paper towels and dab them to get the excess moisture out.
In a bowl combine the shredded potato + onion + garlic + egg + flour + salt + pepper and mix well.
Heat your oil in a pan, you want a thin layer of oil, no more than an inch.
Once the oil is hot, add in a spoonful of the potato mixture, pressing it down gently with the back of the spoon to flatten it. Cook about 4 minutes on each side, or until crispy golden brown.
Remove from oil to a plate with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt immediately.
Serve with sour cream & applesauce.
Made with Love,