Potato Pancakes (Latkes)

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  1. 2 lb Yukon Gold or russet potatoes, peeled
  2. 1 medium onion, peeled and cut into eights
  3. 1 egg
  4. 4 green onions, white and green parts
  5. 3 T parsley, chopped
  6. 2 T matzo meal
  7. 1/2 t salt
  8. pepper to taste
  9. 1 c vegetable oil for frying


  1. Grate potatoes in food processor fitted with coarse shredding blade.
  2. Place half the potatoes in fine mesh sieve set over medium bowl and reserve.
  3. Fit food processor with steel blade, add onions, and pulse with remaining potatoes until all pieces measure roughly 1/8 inch and look coarsely chopped, 5 to 6 one second pulses.
  4. Mix with reserved potato shreds in sieve and press against sieve to drain as much liquid as possible into bowl below. Let potato liquid stand until starch settles to bottom, about one minute.
  5. Pour off liquid, leaving starch in bowl. Beat egg, then potato mixture, green onions, parsley, matzo meal, salt, and pepper into starch.
  6. Meanwhile, heat 1/4 inch depth of oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking.
  7. Working one at a time, place 1/4 cup potato mixture, squeezed of excess liquid and pressed into 1/2-inch thick disc, in oil. Press gently with nonstick spatula; repeat until five latkes are in pan.
  8. Maintaining heat so fat bubbles around latke edges, fry until golden brown on bottom and edges, about three minutes.
  9. Turn with spatula and continue frying until golden brown all over, about three minutes more.
  10. Drain on a triple thickness of paper towels set on wire rack over a jelly roll pan.
  11. Repeat with remaining potato mixture, returning oil to temperature between each batch and replacing oil after every second batch.
  12. Serving Options

  13. Latkes can be served immediately.
  14. Latkes can be covered loosely with plastic wrap, held at room temperature for 4 hours, transferred to a heated baking sheet and baked in a 375°F oven, until crisp and hot, about 5 minutes per side.
  15. Latkes can be frozen on bakingsheet, transferred to zipper-lock freezer bag, frozen, and reheated in a 375°F oven until crisp and hot, about 8 minutes per side).
  16. Serve with sugar for sprinkling, sour cream, and/or applesauce.

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Serves: 14 (3 inch cakes)
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Course: Breakfast/Brunch,Side Dish
Type of Food: Potato Dish,Vegetarian
Ethnicity/Origin: Polish/Ukrainian
Key Ingredient: Potatoes,Onions,Parsley
Difficulty: 3 - Difficult
Make Ahead: Yes
Prep Method: Food Processor,Stovetop
Themes/Holidays: Easter

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