If there are any bloggers out there that would like to join in, just let me know. You can opt in and out as you wish. There is no need to commit. We can have a virtual Casual Friday! It would be so much fun to share. Email me at sgalvin 'at' shaw.ca to join in the fun. Or if you would like to guest post for Casual Friday I would be honoured.
This will be an interesting journey. I am looking forward to getting out of the rut with casual food. I keep a well stocked freezer and pantry. This will encourage me to rummage through and pull out something different every week. I hope you do, too.
I was introduced to potato latkes when I was invited to a friend's home during Hanukkah. Her uncle had the auspicious title as the best latke maker in the family.
Latkes are traditionally served with sour cream and apple sauce but you can up the ante with a bit of smoked salmon or caviar to make it dressy. You could also drizzle the sour cream with a bit of truffle oil to add a touch of glam.
For variety you can make these using sweet potatoes or add some grated carrots or parsnips along with the potatoes. Serve with a piece of poached or pan sauteed salmon and steamed green vegetables.
Latkes are one of those dishes that when you have made it once, you no longer need a recipe. They are pretty easy to put together. Potato, egg, flour, salt, pepper, onion...that's it. A perfect latke is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
I just cleaned my stovetop this morning and didn't want to do it all over again after frying latkes. This oven method worked great.
- 2 medium russet potatoes
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil
Spread grated potatoes and onion on a kitchen towel and roll up. Twist towel tightly to wring out as much liquid as possible. Transfer potato mixture to a bowl and stir in egg, salt, pepper and flour.
Bake until bottoms are golden, about 15 minutes. Turn over and bake again until bottoms are golden, about 8 more minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to paper towels to drain and season with salt.
Latkes may be made up to 8 hours ahead. Reheat on a rack set over a baking sheet in a 350F oven, about 5 minutes.
this link to view the recipe.