December 7, 2015

Baked Latkes

In honor of Hanukkah's beginning at sun down last night, I offer a lighter version of latkes with a few variations.

This festival of the Jewish tradition lasts for 8 nights and 8 days. The word 'hanukkah' means 'to dedicate', and honors the re-dedication of the temple in Jerusalem.

Many light candles in the evening and welcome in the light during this time when nights grow dark so early. Bring light and delight into your home with this delicious traditional dish.


Latkes

You will need:
1 pound potatoes, grated
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon each: black pepper and salt
1/3 cup olive oil

Peel potatoes and grate coarsely.
You can either grate by hand or with the grater attachment of a food processor.

Place grated potatoes in cold water until they are all grated.
Drain the water and mix potatoes with all the other ingredients.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Grease 2 cookie sheets with olive oil.

Place latkes on sheets and bake for 15 minutes.


Accompaniments: sour cream, sauerkraut, applesauce

Variations:
Use sweet potatoes instead of potatoes - in this case, omit the carrots.
Add 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped and 1 carrot, grated

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