Classic Potato Latkes

This New York Times recipe is by Melissa Clark, who promises that this is a classic, unadorned latke; the kind your Bubbe used to make.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 large Russet potatoes (about 1 pound), scrubbed and cut lengthwise into quarters

1 large onion (8 ounces), peeled and cut into quarters

2 large eggs

½ cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons course kosher salt (or 1 teaspoon fine sea salt), plus more for sprinkling

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 Canola oil, for frying

 

PREPARATION

Using a food processor with a coarse grating disc, grate the potatoes and onion. Transfer the mixture to a clean dishtowel and squeeze and wring out as much of the liquid as possible.

Working quickly, transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the eggs, flour, salt, baking powder and pepper, and mix until the flour is absorbed.

In a medium heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat, pour in about 1/4 inch of the oil. Once the oil is hot (a drop of batter placed in the pan should sizzle), use a heaping tablespoon to drop the batter into the hot pan, cooking in batches. Use a spatula to flatten and shape the drops into discs. When the edges of the latkes are brown and crispy, about 5 minutes, flip. Cook until the second side is deeply browned, about another 5 minutes.

Transfer the latkes to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and sprinkle with salt while still warm. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Variations: Brush each side with oil, flatten and bake in a 425 oven until crisp on both sides. You can do all of them at once and not have used oil to deal with later. They come out crispy and perfect each time.

Substitute one-half cup of matzah meal instead of all-purpose flour.