Thursday, December 19, 2019

Bubbie Gilda's Latkes

When I cook, I’m always very careful to keep my cookbooks away from my work surface. This means more back-and-forth between the book and the actual work being done, sure, but that way I get to keep my book clean. I even have a book holder with a splashguard. I’m the kind of person who always takes care of her books, not cracking the spine, not bending the pages, not writing in them… That being said, when I opened Second Helpings, Please! to make Bubbie Gilda’s latkes last December, the page was completely covered in splatters, and… I loved it. It makes me feel connected to family history, knowing that she stood at her counter with this book and made these same latkes year after year. Hanukkah is starting this weekend – I hope you get to make latkes! This recipe makes about 2 dozen.

6 potatoes
1 small onion
3 eggs
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
¼ cup flour
1 Tbsp. oil
2 tsp. baking powder

Peel and grate potatoes and onion; drain well (I have a dedicated dishcloth for squeezing liquid out of potatoes when I make latkes). Blend in remaining ingredients. Drop from a spoon into hot oil and brown on both sides, turning only once. Serve with applesauce or lactose-free sour cream.

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