World's Ultimate Best, Without a Doubt, Potato Latkes!
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Potato pancakes frying in heavy pan Look no further. Don't go to Martha's site, not to Gourmet, not anywhere. Eureka, you've found it!  The "Golden Mean" of  potato latke perfection. Perchance I exaggerate?

Non! I tell you. This is it. The vrais latke!

So let's get started.

Ingredients gathered for potato latkes

We need six potatoes and two onions.

How do you prefer to peel your potatoes? Knife or peeler? I prefer the OXO Swivel Peeler.Knife for peeling potatoesOXO swiveling blade peeler After peeling the potatoes, place them in a bowl of water so they will not discolor.

Potatoes soaking in water

Then grate the potatoes by hand, and possibly lose the tip of a finger in the process...

Box Grater for shredding ...or use the grater attachment to the Cuisinart. I prefer that.

Cuisinart for shredding

Slice the potatoes into chunks, place them into the Cuisinart and begin grating.

chopped potatoes

Grated potatoes

After they're grated,  immediately place them in a large bowl of water.

Grated potatoes soaking in water

Then drain the water.

Grated potatoes draining

This is really important: again place the grated potatoes into a bowl and fill with water. Repeat draining and soaking until the water is clear and there are no pinky or brownie areas of water. Just keep on changing water,  letting the shreds soak and drain again. You're getting rid of all of the starch so that the pancakes will be very crisp. Don't skip this step! You may have to soak and drain three or four or more times. Just do it.

Now take the onions, chop them roughly, and place them into the Cuisinart. This is the only time I chop onions in the Cuisinart. They get too watery for other recipes, but it works for this one. Just don't chop them to mush. You want small pieces, not mush.

Chopped onions

Then, beat two eggs together. Add 1/2 cup of flour sifted with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of Kosher Salt. Add pepper to taste. I'm not big on pepper, but maybe you are.  Now, drain those potatoes really well, squeezing  as much water out of them as possible.  Really get rid of that water! Now, add the egg, onion, flour, salt and pepper mixture to the potatoes and you're ready to go.

Pour about a 1/4  inch of canola oil into a heavy skillet. I mean heavy. I mean iron. Then, take a wooden spoon, place the handle top into the oil and wait for the oil to bubble around the handle. This tells you the oil is the right temperature for frying. Aha, it is a trick that I learned in Italy at a cooking class with Guiliano Bugialli! Trust me, it works.

Wooden spoon checking temperature of oil

Now, the fun part. Add the potatoes, 1 tablespoon at a time, or as large as you like them, and you're good to go.

Frying potato latkes

When they're brown on one side, turn them over.

Turning over potato latkes

Frying potato latkes

Drain the pancakes on paper towels and they're ready to eat.

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 A beautiful potato pancake

My husband ate one of these and proclaimed it was "a religious experience!" So enjoy!

Some people serve these with sour cream and applesauce. I eat them plain, just as I do  caviar. I want nothing to detract from the divine taste.

Now, since you've stuck with me so far let me give you a little treat.

A few years ago, we shot a video about making potato pancakes as an audition for a Food Channel competition.  We never submitted it though because we discovered that the network wanted to own all rights in perpetuity. But, trust me, this is the way potato pancakes (or latkes) should be made!

We did it in 2004!!!!   Check it out.

https://vimeo.com/55467248

This recipe is an adaptation of Lora Brody's recipe for potato latkes from her book "Cooking With Memories."

Here are the ingredients:

  • 6 Idaho potatoes
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil

Enjoy!