Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hanukkah Starts This Week. Get Your Latke Game Up Too Par w/ These Potato Latkes (Just Like Grandma Makes)

2 large russet potatoes
2 shallots, minced (4 tablespoons)
2 garlic cloves, minced (1 tablespoon)
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 TBS all-purpose flour
1 tsp dried tarragon
2 tsp fresh chives, snipped
1 tsp dried mustard
2 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
½ cup vegetable oil
Fresh chives, for garnish
Sour Cream for garnish
Apple Sauce for garnish
Sugar for garnish

Wash the potatoes and grate them by hand using the coarse side of a grater.
Put the grated potato into a clean dish-towel and wring well to remove the excess water. Place grated potato in a large bowl.
Add the shallots, garlic, eggs, flour, tarragon, chives, mustard, salt and pepper and mix until well combined.
Pour 1/4 cup of the oil into an 8-inch skillet and place over medium-high heat for 2 minutes.
Carefully place a heaping tablespoon of the latke mix into the hot oil and flatten a little. Add 3 more to the pan and fry until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Flip and repeat on the other side.
Remove to a paper towel lined plate and repeat until all the latke mix has been used; you'll have to replenish the cooking oil about halfway through.
Keep warm in a low oven until ready to serve. Sprinkle latkes with chives and serve with Apple Sauce, Sugar or Sour Cream on the side.

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