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Yukon Gold Potato Latkes

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Yukon Gold Potato Latkes

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This recipe for Yukon Gold potato latkes is tradition all grown up. Yukon Golds are sufficiently starchy but also lend a unique and buttery smooth flavor to this traditional Hanukkah dish. Serve with applesauce, crème fraiche, or (my favorite) plain and crispy.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes (about three medium)
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped (about ½ cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose or gluten free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives or scallions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups olive oil
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Preparation:

Peel the potatoes and drop them into a bowl of cool water to prevent discoloration. Pat them dry and grate with the large holes of a box grater, dropping them back into the water as you go.
When all of the potatoes are grated, drain them thoroughly in a colander, and wrap in a kitchen towel. Gather the edges of the towel and twist to press out any excess liquid. If the potatoes are still wet, lay them out on a double thickness of paper towel and pat dry.
Preheat oven to 275’F. Place a baking rack on a sheet pan and put it in the oven to hold the cooked latkes.
Crack the egg into a mixing bowl, and beat it together with the flour, baking soda, salt, and pepper. Add the potatoes, onions, chives and parsley, and mix thoroughly.
Using a 1/4 cup scoop to measure with, form the mixture into patties about 3" across. Leave the edges jagged, as this creates a crisp “lace”. Place them in a single layer on parchment or on a sheet pan.
Heat a heavy skillet over medium high. (Cast iron is great for creating an extra crisp latke).
Add enough olive oil so that it fills the pan 1/4" deep. Heat the oil for about 5 minutes, or until a shred of latke sizzles and begins to fry immediately when dropped into the pan.
Carefully slide the patties into the oil one at a time about 45 seconds apart. This ensures that the oil stays sufficiently hot. Make sure the latkes are not crowded. Overcrowding will make them less crisp.
Cook each latke until the bottom is golden, about 5 minutes. Gently turn and cook 3-4 minutes more, until deep golden brown.
Place paper towels on the baking rack, and place the latkes in a single layer on the rack to drain and crisp. Keep the latkes in the oven while the remaining patties are cooking. Serve warm plain or with applesauce or creme fraiche on the side.
Makes 6-8 latkes
Copyright 2010 by Jen Hoy

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