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So why are we publishing a recipe for latkes in the breakfast category? Well,
for starters, good breakfast recipes are hard to come by! How
many ways are
there to cook eggs, pancakes, and French toast? Also, please note
that this is
the Breakfast/BRUNCH category, okay? Latkes are heartwarming
fast and superb for brunch. And furthermore, they can be eaten any
day. Or night. Trust me.
David (The Latke King) Firestone’s Latkes
(in his own words)
New York Cookbook:
From Pelham Bay to Park Avenue,
Firehouses to Four-Star Restaurants
by Molly O’Neill, 1992, Workman Publishing
“Every year around Chanukah, David ‘The Latke King’ Firestone, a
gives a party in honor of the latke in his home in Sunnyside,
’The country tosses nervously in its bed each night, moaning
potatoes, fried potatoes, throw in a little onion, please. It
instead to cold cereal and baked beans, a corroded economy
and a failed
national promise,’ read the announcement of one year’s party.
The Latke King knows what you need. The Latke King knows what this
needs. Sadly only a portion of the country can fit into our home
the invitation continued. For those who can’t fit into his
home, The Latke
King offers this formula.”
[In the year 2010 (Jewish Year 5769), the setting of the
sun on December 1st
marks the beginning of Chanukah.]
2 1/2 pounds Idaho baking potatoes, unpeeled
1 large yellow onion, quartered
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup matzoh meal
4 to 5 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 to 3 cups olive oil
1 large jar (16 ounces) unsweetened applesauce
1. Pick up the potatoes and admire their heft, their pure
Then scrub them with a brush.
2. Place the onion in a food processor. Pulse the blade a few times until
the onion is diced into crunchy bits. Remove the blade and scrape the
bits into a small bowl. Return the goof processor bowl to the
need to wash it yet.
3. Cut the potatoes lengthwise to fit in the food processor feed tube. Find
the medium-coarse food processor shredding disk, which you’ve never
Put it into the machine and turn it on. Begin feeding the potato
4. When the potatoes are shredded, put them in a colander over a large
Dump in the onion bits and mix everything around with your
the potato moisture out as you work. Let the mixture
drip for a few minutes
while you put on a recording of Kitty Carlisle
singing ‘Beat Out That Rhythm
on a Drum’.
5. Pour out the potato liquid from the bowl, but leave the starch that
clings to the bowl. This is good for you. Dump in the shredded potato
onion mix. Add the eggs, the matzoh meal, the parsley, the salt, and
pepper. Stir the mixture eagerly. Then let it sit for about 10 minutes.
6. In a large cast-iron skillet, pour in 1/4 inch of oil. Over high heat,
the oil very hot, but don’t set off the smoke detector. Using a 1/4-cup
measure or a long-handled serving spoon, start spooning the batter into
skillet. Flatten each with a metal spatula to a diameter of 4 to 5
inches. Do not try to make the latkes uniformly round. Reduce the
heat to medium and
cook the latkes until golden brown on one side.
Then turn over and fry them
some more. When crispy on the outside
and moist inside, about 5 minutes per
side, remove and place on
several thicknesses of paper towels. Keep doing
this until you run
out of batter.
7. Remove from the room anyone who prefers latkes with sour cream.
latkes immediately. With applesauce.
Makes about 16 latkes, which is all you should eat the first night. By
end of Chanukah, you should be able to eat twice that many.
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