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I recently discovered this recipe and it makes fantastic latkes!
Make and share this Kinder, Gentler Latkes recipe from Food.com.
- Place potatoes in a medium saucepan and just cover with cold water.
- Turn heat to high and allow to come to boil.
- As soon as potatoes are boiling, put a kitchen timer on for 10 minutes.
- When timer rings, remove potatoes from stove and cover with cold water.
- Drain immediately, then cover again with cold water.
- Let sit five minutes.
- Remove potatoes and pat dry.
- Using a hand shredder or food processor fitted with a medium disc, shred potatoes (with skins on).
- The potatoes should be slightly softened, but still firm enough to produce shreds.
- If the peel separates from the potato, discard it.
- If the peel gets grated in with the potatoes, incorporate it into the mixture.
- I like the hand grater best.
- When I use the processor, I use two thirds shredded then pulverized potatoes and one third shredded for a mixture than is bulky but still has shreds.
- Worth the trouble.
- In a large bowl, blend shredded potatoes, grated onion, beaten eggs, flour, salt, pepper and baking powder.
- Place newspaper on work surface (near frying area) and cover with a few paper towels.
- In a large deep skillet (I like to use a wok), pour in enough vegetable oil to fill about two thirds.
- If using an electric fry pan, set the temperature to 350 F.
- or 375 F.
- (depending on how fast you want the pancakes to cook).
- Drop potato batter by teaspoons (for small ones) or soup spoonfuls in dollops, flattening slightly with a metal spatula if desired.
- I use large metal tongs for dropping and turning.
- Brown one side, turn once, and complete cooking on other side.
- These cook quickly.
- You're looking for a puffy centre while retaining some crisp shreds of potato on edges.
- Serve immediately or freeze.
- To reheat, place latkes on a large wire cake rack on a cookie sheet.
- Warm at 250 F.
- until crisp.
- For freezing purposes, fry them a little underdone to allow for browning in the re-heating stage.