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Easy-Does-It Latkes

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: PJ Hamel

Easy-Does-It Latkes Recipe

Latkes, those salty/crunchy/smooth potato pancakes fried in oil, are a Chanukah staple. But to stand and fry them just 2 or 3 at once means time spent away from the holiday table. Thus these oven-fried latkes. Just flood a couple of rimmed cookie sheets with a thin layer of oil, deposit potato pancake batter, and bake for about 30 minutes, turning once. The result? Signature crunchy-smooth latkes, and more time spent with your family.

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Total
Yield
18 latkes
Nutrition information

Ingredients

Choose your measure:

  • 1 1/2 pounds baking potatoes, about 3 medium potatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour*
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • *Or substitute matzo meal, for Passover

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease two large cookie sheets with rims; we use 18" x 13" half-sheet pans.
  2. Grate or shred the potatoes fine, or medium-fine; no need to peel them first, though they should be washed. Some folks like smoother latkes (more finely grated), some crunchier (more coarsely grated). We like to use the fine shredding attachment on our test kitchen Cuisinart.
  3. Wrap the grated potatoes in a cotton dish towel (a flour sack towel works well), and twist the towel closed at the top. Bring the potatoes to the sink and squeeze them for all you're worth, wringing as much liquid as possible from them.
  4. Shred or grate the onion finely. Don't use the finest shredding disk of your food processor, as it will turn the onion to mush; the medium shredding disk is preferable.
  5. Combine the drained potatoes, onion, egg, salt, and flour in a bowl, stirring till everything is thoroughly mixed.
  6. Pour a thin layer of vegetable oil into each baking pan. It should be deep enough that when you tilt the pan, you can see it move; 1/8" to 3/16" is about right. We love peanut oil for frying, or plain vegetable oil. Beware of canola oil; some folks feel it gives food an off flavor when used for frying.
  7. For easier-to-clean pans, and slightly less greasy latkes, heat the pans in the oven briefly, to warm the oil. You can skip this step if dealing with a pan of hot oil makes you nervous. Drop the pancake batter onto the sheets by the 1/4- to 1/3-cupful. Space them far enough apart that you can easily get a spatula between them to flip them over, when the time comes.
  8. Bake the pancakes for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown. Remove the pans from the oven, turn them over, and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until golden brown on the bottom.
  9. Remove from the oven, and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately, with applesauce and sour cream, if desired.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 100g
  • Servings Per Batch 9
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 110
  • Calories from Fat 45
  • Total Fat 5g
  • Saturated Fat .5g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 20mg
  • Sodium 400mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 16g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Protein 3g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.