This weekend while visiting with family, my daughter Ami recounted a story about Hanukkah and her Grandma Ida’s latkes. She remembers going to her grandparents’ house and lighting the menorah and then eating a scrumptious dinner complete with potato latkes fried in oil. Here is Grandma Ida’s recipe for potato latkes:
5 large potatoes, peeled
1 large onion
1/3 cup matzo meal or flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder, use as much or as little, to taste
1/3 cup oil for frying
Grate potatoes and onion on the fine side of a grater, in a food processor, or in a blender with a little water added to it. Add the eggs and mix well. Next, add matzo meal, salt, pepper, and garlic powder mix well. Get a frying pan hot, add the oil, and then add mixture 1 tablespoon at a time into frying pan. When the bottoms are golden brown, turn them over and brown the other side.
Latkes are served as a side dish, Grandma Ida would always put a small bowl of sour cream and applesauce to dip them into. Ami was sure to say, “Just because latkes were a side dish, does not mean they weren’t my favorite dish!!” After dinner we would exchange gifts and spin the dreidel, and of course, always enjoy a little chocolate gelt (chocolate coins wrapped in foil).