Happy Hannukah to all those who celebrate. A couple years ago, I was determined to make latkes from scratch, no more mixes for me. Since I figured I made every mistake in the book, I decided to write up my lessons learned and share them.
- Don’t peel the potatoes. There is no need and its much easier and faster. Cooking latkes takes a long time, so this helped me shorten it.
- Put the batter in a bowl of ice. Once you shred the potatoes and onions, mix in the salt, pepper, matzoh meal and egg, cover the the bowl with silver foil and put it in a bigger bowl filled with ice and some water. The cold keeps the potatoes from browning and lasts awhile.
- Keep a lid big enough to cover the frying pan next to the stove. In case of a fire in the pan, put the lid on top to suffocate the flame. It is one of quickest, safest ways to deal with a pan fire.
- Woks work very well for frying latkes.
- Eat and Enjoy.