Two Potato Latke Recipes – You Decide!

Spiralized Potato Latkes, Sautéed Apples with Wildflower Honey, Sour Cream

 Spiralized Potato Latkes, Sautéed Apples with Wildflower Honey, Sour Cream

We eat foods fried in olive oil to commemorate the ancient miracle that occurred in the second century BCE. A jug of olive oil, which held enough oil to last for one day, burned for eight when the Holy Temple in Jerusalem was rededicated.

Hanukkah doesn’t start ’til sundown tonight and we’ve already cooked two batches of latkes – our beloved potato pancakes fried in olive oil.

In the first recipe we used a food processor to grate potato and shallot. Ingredients include earthy parsnip, sweet fruity red bell pepper, and fresh bright herbaceous parsley. I joke about the curious red and green color combination in these latkes. But the flavor profile really is spot-on. Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

The second latke recipe employs the new-fangled “spiralizer” to cut long skinny strands of potato, making for a lovely light and lacy pancake. Originally, I thought of the spiralizer as a gimmicky kitchen gadget, but I now find it to be quite useful. And fun. These spiralized latkes are for the purist – simply delicious fried potato served with sour cream. And for a sweet textural counterbalance, my sautéed fresh apples with wildflower honey stand in for the traditional applesauce.

Both recipes are winners in our book. You decide.

Two Potato Latke Recipes

1. Savory Potato Latkes with Parsnip, Red Bell Pepper, Shallot, Parsley

Best Savory Latkes Recipe

  • one large russet potato, peeled
  • 1 or 2 parsnips depending on size, peeled
  • one small shallot
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, small dice
  • handful of parsley, chopped
  • flour
  • salt and pepper
  • egg
  • olive oil
  • high-heat canola oil

Best Savory latkes Recipe Grate potato, parsnip, and shallot in a food processor. Remove the potato mixture from the food processor, one handful at a time. Squeeze out as much moisture as possible by hand. Place each handful in a large bowl. Mix in red bell pepper and parsley. Toss with enough flour to very lightly coat the mixture. Add Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Mix well. Lastly add one beaten egg to bind the mixture.

Savory Potato Latkes with Parsnip, Red Bell Pepper, Shallot, Parsley

Heat a large sauté pan over high heat. Add 1/2 olive oil 1/2 high-heat canola oil mixture to completely cover the bottom of the pan. When oil is hot, add mounds of the potato mixture. If you like the lacy effect, don’t compact the batter or press down on the latkes. Turn the heat to medium-high. When the bottom of each latke is nicely browned, flip and brown the other side.

Cooking latkes over medium-high heat turns the outside a nice crispy golden brown and gives the interior a chance to cook through. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with a bit of Kosher salt while hot.

2. Spiralized Potato Latkes, Sautéed Apples with Wildflower Honey, Sour Cream

Spiralized Potato Latkes, Sautéed Apples with Wildflower Honey, Sour Cream

  • one large russet potato, peeled
  • flour
  • salt and pepper
  • egg
  • olive oil
  • high-heat canola oil

Run potato through a spiralizer. Squeeze out as much moisture as possible by hand. Place each handful in a large bowl. Toss with enough flour to very lightly coat the potato. Add Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Lastly, mix in one beaten egg.

Heat a large sauté pan over high heat. Add 1/2 olive oil 1/2 high-heat canola oil mixture to completely cover the bottom of the pan. When oil is hot, add mounds of the potato mixture. Don’t compact the batter or press down on the latkes. Turn the heat to medium-high. When the bottom of each latke is nicely browned, flip and brown the other side.

Drain latkes on paper towels. Sprinkle with a bit of Kosher salt while hot.

Spiralized Potato Latkes, Sautéed Apples with Wildflower Honey, Sour Cream

  • apple, such as Honey Crisp, cut into wedges
  • butter
  • honey

Meanwhile, sauté apple wedges in butter until caramelized. Drizzle with honey.

Spiralized Potato Latkes, Sautéed Apples with Wildflower Honey, Sour Cream

To plate – alternate latkes with apples. Serve with sour cream. A sprig of parsley makes a nice garnish.

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah

Extending a very special thank you
to my dearest old friend and talented cook, FA
for helping with these fabulous latke recipes.

Happy Hanukkah Latkes Recipes

May you be strengthened by tradition,
Warmed by the Hanukkah lights,
And may your life be touched with miracles.

Spiralized Potato Latkes, Sautéed Apples with Wildflower Honey, Sour Cream

 

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10 thoughts on “Two Potato Latke Recipes – You Decide!”

  1. What terrific looking latkes, and as always, your photos are fab. I think I could go for a plate of the ones with apples. Oh, but they sound great. I hope you and yours have been enjoying a joyous holiday season, and I wish you all the best for a brilliant 2016!

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