It’s always pretty bold of someone to declare their recipe the “Best Ever”. I’ve tried dozens of different recipes for latkes and I’ll vouch for the fact that these from Niki Russ Federman are some of the best. The addition of green onion to the potato-onion batter adds an extra punch of flavor. The latkes fry up perfectly crisp outside and tender inside.
The traditional toppings of applesauce and sour cream are wonderful with the latkes. Consider, too, smoked salmon with salmon roe for a touch of elegance and mango chutney for an unexpected sweet-spicy pop.
Best-Ever Potato Latkes
2 1/2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and coarsely shredded
1 medium onion, coarsely shredded on a box grater
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
1/4 cup matzo meal
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Vegetable oil, for frying
Applesauce, sour cream, smoked salmon, salmon roe, and/or mango chutney for serving
1. In a colander set over a large bowl, toss the potatoes with the onion and squeeze dry. Let the potatoes and onion drain for 2 minutes, then pour off the liquid in the bowl, leaving the starchy paste at the bottom. Add the potatoes and onion, along with the eggs, green onions, matzo meal, butter, salt, pepper and baking powder. Mix well.
2. In a large skillet, heat an 1/8-inch layer of oil until shimmering. Spoon 1/4-cup mounds of the potato mixture into the skillet about 2 inches apart and flatten slightly with a spatula.
3. Fry the latkes over moderately high heat, turning once, until golden and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the latkes to paper towels to drain. Repeat to make the remaining latkes, adding more oil to the skillet as needed.
4. Serve latkes with applesauce, sour cream, smoked salmon, salmon roe and/or mango chutney.
Note: The latkes can be fried early in the day. Recrisp on a baking sheet in a 350°F.
Recipe from Food & Wine
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