What Do You Need to Make Latkes?
Latkes are a pan-fried treat that are often shared during Hanukkah. Although they can be made from other vegetables such as onions, the most prevalent type of latke is a potato-based pancake. These recipes also vary, but many include cheese and are not unlike other fried potato pancakes found in other cultures.
If you're planning to make latkes this holiday season, you need to make sure you have the right tools for the job. Here's what you'll need to fry up great latkes.
If you're making the standard potato pancake version, then this vegetable is the most critical part of the whole meal. You can work with a standard potato or opt for a red or sweet potato to put a twist on the traditional recipe. It really comes down to you and your family's preferences.
A Food Processor
To get that perfect latke consistency, you want to use a food processor. If you just try to cut your potatoes and fry them, you're more likely to get chips or french fries. Instead, use your food processor's shredding function to give you plenty of stringy potato shreds. Make sure you save the starchy water that comes with these potatoes as well, as it'll enhance the flavor.
An Electric Skillet
Rather than frying your latkes on the stovetop, use an Oster® DuraCeramic™ Electric Skillet. Its nonstick surface makes cleaning simple and the appliance's design allows for quicker heating, less energy use than a traditional oven and saved space in the kitchen - perfect for large gatherings. Once you get it to the precise temperature you want, just start tossing in your latkes.
The oil that you use is an important part of this dish. Not only is the oil important for many because of the story of Hanukkah, but it can have a big effect on the taste. Some people prefer using olive oil while others prefer canola or peanut oil. Do some experimenting and find out your preference.
The Right Accent Flavors
Many people pair their latkes with apple sauce, but that's far from the only other flavor. People often include onion, carrots or cheese with the pancake itself.