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Potato latkes

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Serves 1 - 10 Pancakes

For those who want to do somthing different with potatos.

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  • 1kg/2lb 4oz old or baking potatoes, peeled, soaked in cold water until needed
  • 1 onion, peeled
  • 25g/1oz plain flour or fine matzoh meal
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • olive or vegetable oil, for frying


    1. For the latkes, finely grate the potatoes and onion and mix together.
    2. Place the grated potato and onion into a colander and squeeze out as much moisture as you can. Or roll up the potato and onion in a clean kitchen tea towel and wring well to extract the liquid.
    3. Mix the potato and onion with the flour, egg and salt and freshly ground white pepper.
    4. Heat the oil in a frying pan until moderately hot and then place heaped tablespoons of the mixture into the pan to shallow-fry. Lower the heat to medium, flatten each latke with the back of a spoon and fry for about five minutes on each side, turning over when the edges turn golden-brown. If the heat is too high, the latkes will become dark-brown on the outside before they are cooked inside.
    5. Remove the latkes from the pan and drain on brown paper bags (they absorb the oil, leave the latkes crisper and the latkes won't stick to the paper).
    6. Serve the latkes hot with soured cream.

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1st Oct, 2014
can I reheat these in the oven and make them in advance please?
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23rd May, 2014
Sorry -- should have said, I also only used about 3/4lb pots (I was just making for myself, and assumed the pancakes wouldn't eat much), but kept the one onion. I liked the higher proportion of onion.
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23rd May, 2014
Marvellous! I was looking at an article in the Guardian about rosti and a couple of people in the comments said for equally good (or better) a taste, but far easier and quicker, try latkes instead. I added a good dollop of English mustard, a shake of Kikkoman say sauce, and some old chutney which needs using up. They were absolutely DEE LISH and are going in the repertoire. They'd be excellent after the pub as well. I notice the recipe says that it "Serves 1 - 10 Pancakes." Well fortunately the pancakes sitting at my table now don't seem to have much of an appetite, so I'm going to scoff the lot!
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