Potato latkes, oven-fried

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Hanukkah is such a wonderful holiday! A celebration of miracles. A time to light up the dark winter nights with beautiful candles, blessings and songs. And what could be better than a holiday that encourages the eating of delicious fatty fried foods? Potato latkes are a traditional food served on Hanukkah (alongside applesauce and sour cream), and though they are typically deep-fried, the idea of standing over a frying pan with oil splattering everywhere just doesn’t appeal to me. Oven-frying them gives you a very tasty result with less grease and less mess. Adapted and gluten-free-ified from this food.com recipe. One batch makes about 18 latkes. Happy Hanukkah!

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium sized potatoes (or 4 large russet potatoes)
  • 1/2 of a sweet onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp Earth Balance buttery spread, melted
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • baking spray

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Preheat your oven to a searing 450F. Wash and trim your potatoes (no need to peel them unless you feel like it), and grate them (ideally with the help of a food processor). Same for the onion. Add to a large mixing bowl, squeezing out as much of the excess liquid as you can (potatoes give off a LOT of water when grated -see below!).

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Then crack in your two eggs, and add the flour, baking powder, melted Earth Balance, salt and pepper and give it a good mix.

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Grease the heck out of two baking sheets by first spraying them with the baking spray, and then drizzling on a Tbsp of olive oil onto each. Now, drop handfuls of potato batter onto the baking sheet and flatten into little pancakes.

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Bake (preferably on the bottom rack of the oven) for about 10 minutes, until the edges are turning brown. Then take the whole tray out of the oven and use a metal spatula to carefully flip each one over. Cook for another 10 min.

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Serve with applesauce (if you’re feeling motivated, you can make your own! see my recipe here) and sour cream, yum yum yum! Happy Hanukkah!

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P.S. Just a little something extra to get you into the Hanukkah spirit: these are two of my favorite a capella videos by the very talented Maccabeats, here and here. Enjoy!

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