Recipe: Mom's Potato Latkes
This traditional Hanukkah dish of potato pancakes is tasty at any time of year.
This classic recipe for scalloped potatoes showcases the flavors of potatoes and onion baked in a creamy sauce.
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Savory potato pancakes with onion and cheese are easy to make, because you start with instant mashed potatoes and prepared pancake mix. Make up a big batch of dry mix ahead of time, and these take only a few minutes to get on the table.
This recipe was perfect for traditional Hanukkah latkes. I did use matzo meal instead of the saltines to make them more authentic and easier since its already ground but I doubt that makes much of a difference. I might have used a bit more than the recipe called for since I didn't measure anything. The potatoes were surprisingly easy to hand grate. The moisture from the potatoes makes this a bit messy to make but no big deal. Just had to squeeze it out with my hands when forming the pancakes. I will never make the boxed latkes again.
This is my recipe. I wanted to let folks know that before you put the potato mixture in the pan, take the scoop and make sure to drain the liquid out by holding the spoonful of potato against the side if the bowl. Also we usually crush the saltines in a Baggie, saves on mess. The saltines act as a binder. Hope you love these as much as we do. My favorite way to eat them is with sour cream. The don't reheat well in microwave (in my experience) but do reheat fairly well in a toaster oven.
These are darn good...and a little indulgent maybe. These have origin in the Middle East and Europe. Yet, like many things, food is enjoyed and needed by every culture...from the Middle East to Scandinavia to Thailand. Universally good food is just that. It worked well for me to use a little oil on the pan for each pancake and not immersing it, adding more when flipping. Glad I watched the video to freshen up my potato squeezing technique. I don't have a spinner...plus it makes me dizzy. Grated cheese might be good. Seems any kind of binder works...might try pulverized flavored croutons after the roasted Panko crumbs after the home made whole wheat seasoned bread crumbs after the Cheezy crackers (ok, I'll stop now).