Latkes

Latkes | ChopChop

Description

These Hanukkah favorites are traditionally fried in oil to celebrate the oil of the eight nights of lights (like a menorah—the special Hanukkah candle holder—does). Our potato pancakes are oven-baked, which makes them easier, crunchier, and healthier—but there’s still a little symbolic oil in there!

 

Hands-on time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
Makes: 12 Latkes

Kitchen Gear: 

Measuring spoons
1 large nonstick rimmed baking sheet or 2 smaller ones
Small bowls
Box grater
Colander
Paper towels
Large bowl
Large spoon
Heatproof spatula
Pot holders

Ingredients

2 tablespoons
olive oil
3 tablespoons
all-purpose white or whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon
baking powder
3⁄4 teaspoons
salt
2  
large russet potatoes (or 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes)
1  
small onion, peeled
1  
large egg
   
Apple sauce and plain low-fat or Greet yogurt for serving

Instructions

Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your kitchen gear and ingredients and put them on a clean counter.

  1. Turn the oven on to bake and set it to 425 degrees. Lightly oil the baking sheet (or sheets) by spreading the oil around with your clean hand or a paper towel.
  2. Put the flour, baking powder, and salt in the small bowl and mix well.
  3. Use the large holes on your grater to grate the potato, then grate the onion too.
  4. Put the potato and onion mixture in the colander inside the sink. Using a paper towel, press the potato mixture down to squeeze out and blot up some of the extra moisture. Stir the mixture and blot again.
  5. Put the potato mixture in the large bowl, add the egg, and stir well. Add the flour mixture and stir it very well.
  6. Use a spoon or your clean fingers to pluck a clump of the potato mixture from the bowl and spread it into a round, flat nest on the oiled baking sheet: it should make a circle that’s about 3 inches wide and ¼ inch thick. Repeat to fill the sheet. (You don’t need to leave space between them.)
  7. Bake until the bottoms are deeply golden, 15 to 20 minutes, then turn the pancakes over and bake for 10 more minutes. Serve the latkes with applesauce and yogurt.