Potato Pancakes (Latkes)
by Michelle Jones, Founder @BetterBudgeting
Category: Recipes, Frugal, Side Dishes, Potatoes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 12-14 (about 4 servings)
Our search for perfect potato pancakes is finally over. And it only took 30 years. A little tweaking here and there, and what do you have? Absolute deliciousness. I could eat these for dinner, with nothing else. Every night. For the rest of my life. Yes, they are that good!
For a light and frugal dinner, serve them as the main dish with a side of turkey sausage (as pictured above).
Potato pancakes, also called Latkes, are traditionally served during Hanukkah. They are easy to make and very budget friendly.
6 medium potatoes, or 4 large
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 sweet onion, medium to large, diced
1 tsp. sea salt
Cracked black pepper, dash
Vegetable shortening (Crisco)
Serve toppings separately on the side... applesauce, sour cream with fresh chives, and/or maple syrup or agave
Peel and shred potatoes. Using a clean dish cloth, cheese cloth, or a few paper towels, wrap shredded potatoes in center and (holding over a bowl or the kitchen sink), squeeze as much liquid out as you can.
Place about 1/2 inch of oil in iron skillet and heat on medium. While oil is heating, combine potatoes and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Using a 1/4 cup measure, drop potato pancake mixture into skillet and press with spatula to flatten.
Depending on the size of your skillet, you can cook 3-5 pancakes at a time. Brown on both sides (about 3-4 minutes each), then place on serving plate lined with paper towels.
Serve about 3 potato pancakes per person, with toppings on the side. Our favorites are applesauce, sour cream and fresh chopped chives, maple syrup, or, all of the above.
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