Killer Potato Latkes

by Blogburger on December 9, 2012

Andrew Zimmern’s Kitchen Adventures These Jewish potato pancakes are so good that posting the recipe alone is a mitzvah (blessing) of the highest order. Bubbelah, you should always trust me with this stuff. Growing up, we ate a lot of potato pancakes at Hanukkah. The Festival of Lights refers to a lamp in the temple that was supposed to have only enough oil to last the Maccabees one night, but instead lasted for eight, enough time for them to repel the oppression of the Seleucids and renounce the assimilation of the Hellenistic Jews. But the holiday celebrates the miracle of the oil, not the military victory, so fried foods are often featured at Hanukkah feasts. Problem is, most potato pancakes, or latkes, are awful. Luckily for you, these are amazing. Every year at our house, we have a Hanukkah night when we invite the neighbors and stand around the kitchen shoving these hot, crispy little beauties into our mouths as fast as you can say “dreidel, dreidel, dreidel.” Enjoy.—Andrew Zimmern Plus: F&W’s Hanukkah Recipes GuideIn a medium saucepan, cover the Yukon Gold potatoes with cool water, season generously with salt and bring to a boil. Cook the potatoes until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well and immediately pass the potatoes through a ricer into a large bowl. …
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