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Potato Latkes, Thick and Creamy (P, KLP, TNT)
Source: America's Test Kitchen
Yield: approximately 14 3" pancakes

2 pounds Yukon Gold or russet potatoes, peeled
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut into eighths
1 large egg
4 medium scallions, white and green parts, minced
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons matzo meal (optional)
1-1/2 teaspoons table salt
Ground black pepper
1 cup vegetable oil for frying

Grate potatoes in food processor fitted with coarse shredding disk. Place half the potatoes in fine mesh sieve set over medium bowl and reserve.

Fit food processor with steel blade, add onions, and pulse with remaining potatoes until all pieces measure roughly 1/8" and look coarsely chopped, 5 to 6 one-second pulses.

Mix with reserved potato shreds in sieve and press against sieve to drain as much liquid as possible into bowl below. Let potato liquid stand until starch settles to bottom, about one minute. Pour off liquid, leaving starch in bowl.

Beat egg, then potato mixture and remaining ingredients (except oil) into starch.

Meanwhile, heat 1/4" depth of oil in 12" skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Working one at a time, place 1/4 cup potato mixture, squeezed of excess liquid and pressed into 1/2" thick disc, in oil. Press gently with nonstick spatula; repeat until five latkes are in pan.

Maintaining heat so fat bubbles around latke edges, fry until golden brown on bottom and edges, about three minutes. Turn with spatula and continue frying until golden brown all over, about three minutes more. Drain on a triple thickness of paper towels set on wire rack over a jellyroll pan. Repeat with remaining potato mixture, returning oil to temperature between each batch and replacing oil after every second batch.

(Cooled latkes can be covered loosely with plastic wrap, held at room temperature for 4 hours, transferred to a heated cookie sheet and baked in a 375°F oven until crisp and hot, about 5 minutes per side. Or, they can be frozen on cookie sheet, transferred to zipper-lock freezer bag, frozen, and reheated in a 375°F oven until crisp and hot, about 8 minutes per side).

Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

Poster's Notes:
Author's Notes:
"Matzo meal is a traditional binder, though we found that the pancakes' texture does not suffer without it. Applesauce and sour cream are classic accompaniments for potato latkes."

Posted by Sandra Glazier, Z'L

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A