This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook, try new recipes,
learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun! -Juila Child

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Lots of Latkes!

Happy Hanukkah! The Jewish holiday full of hope, courage, triumph and most of all God's miracles and faithfulness. During the eight days of Hanukkah it is tradition to spend time with family and friends, enjoying good food, playing games and most of all lighting the Hanukkah Menorah while giving thanks to God for today, yesterday and what is to come. This year we decided to begin celebrating this wonderful holiday. So last evening, the first night of Hanukkah we cooked up some  latkes.These tasty potato cakes are very easy to make, and most of the ingredients are already in your kitchen. Cook them up after you have lit the Hanukkah Menorah as we did, or serve as an appetizer or entree anytime you like. Make sure to have some sour cream and/or applesauce to top them off.
*Laura's Latkes            Serves 4

4 Medium peeled potatoes, any kind of potatoes work great with this recipe, if you use small red or gold potatoes use about 6-8 of them though.1 Medium size carrots, peeled
2 Tbs parsley, short stems or finely chopped for garnish
1/4 of a medium size onion, peeled; use less or more onion if you prefer
2 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 Tbs. all purpose flour
1/2 cup cooking oil
Using a cheese grater, grate potatoes, carrots and onion into a bowl, add eggs, salt and flour and mix well. Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat. Spoon out potato mixture with teaspoon into the hot skillet and fry until edges are golden brown, then turn over and fry other side for about 3-5 minutes. Drain on paper towels, sprinkle with parsley and serve with your favorite topping.*Little ones love to help in the kitchen with these too. I gave my daughter her own small bowl of the potato mixture to stir together herself, then I scooped a 1/2 teaspoon of it onto the skillet for her. She thoroughly enjoyed her own mini latkes or as she calls them mootkes. 
Peace and Happy Hanukkah!