Latkes for Everyone

By Jill Wolfson

We're a multicultural household. I joke that we'll celebrate anything if it involves bright lights and high calorie food. This weekend, we'll be at the stove frying up latkes to celebrate Hanukkah. If you want to try them yourself, here's a good, easy recipe. Get the kids involved, but do protect them from the splattering oil!

2 lbs  potatoes
2 large eggs
Salt and pepper
4 T flour
Oil for frying
Peel and finely grate the potatoes. Put them straight into cold water, then drain and squeeze them as dry as you can by pressing them with your hands in a colander. This is to remove the starchy liquid, which could make the latkes soggy.

Beat the eggs lightly, add to the potatoes. Add flour, parsley, seasoning, and stir well. Film the bottom of a frying pan with oil and heat. Take serving-spoonfuls of the mixture and drop into the hot oil. Flatten a little, and lower the heat so that the pancakes cook through evenly. When one side is brown, turn over and brown the other. Lift out and serve very hot.