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Simple and Delicious Latkes and Applesauce

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It’s Hanukkah! And that means it’s latke time. Those tasty, greasy potato pancakes come in a variety of styles. My personal preference is to keep them thin and somewhat crispy. That’s why I like recipes that leave the potatoes simply grated and don’t have much or any flour. The recipe I’ve been using for a few years, always turns out well. I believe it’s from my parents’ food processor cookbook.

Ingredients

  • 6 large potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper
  • vegetable oil

Directions

Peel and grate the potatoes (I recommend doing it in a food processor), then wash them under cold water and squeeze out the excess moisture. Grate the onion and mix all the potatoes, onion, eggs, salt and pepper together in a bowl.

Get the oil nice and hot, and start frying away until each side is nice and browned.

Drain on paper towels and serve hot with applesauce or sour cream.

Applesauce

Now, for that applesauce. If you’ve never made it, it’s remarkably easy and will taste much better than any you buy at the store. And, there’s only really one ingredient — apples. I sometimes use apple juice, too, since it’ll make it a little sweeter.

All you need to do is peel and cut up the apples — I used 2 large ones and a cup of strawberries for the applesauce you see in the photo above — then put them in a pot with apple juice or water (or some combination of the two). Cook the apples over medium heat stirring frequently until they begin to fall apart. After about an hour, you’ll have applesauce. If you don’t like it a little chunky, you can puree it with a food mill or food processor. You can also add some sugar if it’s not sweet enough, but this shouldn’t be necessary if you’ve used apple juice in place of some of the water.

I really liked the strawberry applesauce I made — it was quite sweet and chunky, and it had a beautiful reddish color. I’ve also made it with plums before, which also add a pink color.

Happy Hanukkah!

I Missed Pancake Day!

img_2282_blog.jpgI was a little late to the game realizing that yesterday was pancake day, apparently the much tamer, more British version of Mardi Gras, which involves gorging yourself on pancakes for the day. Well, I didn’t go out yesterday. I was working on an article, and I was focused. But I started seeing pancakes everywhere — the BBC, Londonist, other websites I just happened upon, they all had these pictures of perfectly cooked, fruit-filled crepes. I considered trying my hand at making a dutch baby or some other exciting pancake recipe, but I never bought ingredients and it just didn’t happen. Evan made sure to have some pancakes at lunch. Good thing I don’t celebrate Lent — I can still have all the pancakes I want.

P.S. Remember that picture? Latkes in Budapest! Potato pancakes count, right?

Thursday Night Latke Party

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Thursday night, we decided to have a latke party for a few of Evan’s friends from work. I made latkes with homemade applesauce, a zucchini salad, which was better than I even expected (thanks Martha Stewart!), and bruschetta. We also had baguettes and cheese and wine.

It all turned out well, and I had a fun day in the kitchen, though the apartment still smells like oil 2 days later. Also, we learned that Hungarians don’t use canola or vegetable oil, just sunflower and olive oil. We used olive oil.

I usually don’t cook foods that involve that much peeling and grating, but it was worth it. And the applesauce was surprisingly easy to make. Let me know if you want any recipes.