December 6, 2015 – Happy Hanukkah!

After getting all my Santas settled in their correct places, we moved on to Hanukkah tonight. John made some incredibly delicious latkes which were thoroughly enjoyed by us and by our next door neighbors. Indeed, the wafting smell of grease and frying potatoes probably had the whole vicinity wishing that had latkes tonight.  Happy Hanukkah!!

John’s recipe for Potato Latkes

(This is best done outdoors due to the lingering smell of grease and slickness of the floor after frying in the house.)

5 medium russet potatoes
1/2 medium onion
1 tbs table salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs flour or matzoh meal
1 tsp baking soda
Lots of vegetable oil for frying
1/4 cup olive oil for frying
Important power tools are electric fryer (I use an electric wok) and food processor with coarse shredding disc.
Wash and dry potatoes; leave skin on.
Shred potatoes in food processor.
Shred onion in food processor.
Combine potato, onion, salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil and flour/matzoh meal.
Add baking soda.
Heat frying oil mixture  to 375 degrees F.
Take a blob of potato mixture and press out liquid to make a 3 inch disk.
Slide into hot oil.  Make a batch of 6.  Fry until GBD.  Remove on rack to 275 degree oven.
Let oil temperature recover between batches.
This should make 3 batches of 6 latkes each.


John with his fry station set-up (outside!)
John with his fry station set-up (outside!)
Sliding one in!
Sliding one in!
Frying disk of potato yumminess
Frying disk of potato yumminess
First night candles and latkes
First night candles and latkes

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