Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas Tradition - Latkes


What a busy season it's been.  First time on TV as a cook.  I was actually paid for my catering skills (side dishes for 140 people)... Again, first time.  We hosted 4 seasonal dinner parties (a record) and the blog, the website and my new Pinterest following hit yearly records.

So today the season ends and it is a tradition around our place... Just my wife and myself.  A little special cooking just for her (starting with Latkes), we don't get out of our pajamas and we watch videos all day.

So, just pausing for a Merry Christmas wish, hope Santa was good to you (I got a new Crock pot AND a Pasta Machine!!!).  Here's a quick recipe for those little potato pancakes,,, And annual breakfast for us...






 As I am typing this, we are watching "Love, Actually", the Hugh Grant sort of Christmas movie.  One of the songs featured is the classic (redone for Christmas by the drunk old rocker), Love is All Around Me.

Well, Latkes are all Europe (and Kansas).  Often by a different name, from Ireland to Russia... Sweden all the way south to Africa, all claim this dish as their own.

Me, I discovered them in a New York Deli back in the 80's and have loved them ever since... So simple and nostalgic for me.

Here's the recipe (made 7 of em)...

5 medium Potatoes, grated
1 medium Red Onion, grated
4 large Eggs
2 rounded TBS Flour
1 big Pinch Salt
several turns of a pepper grinder
4 TBS Olive Oil
Sour Cream to garnish (optional)

  1. VERY IMPORTANT...
    squeeze as much liquid as possible out of the potatoes and onions after they are grated and before you mix with the other ingredients.  
  2. Preheat the oil in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat
  3. Mix everything else together, form into pancakes
  4. Fry until golden brown and delicious
  5. Garnish with Sour Cream
  6. Serve HOT and enjoy



As a treat, I surprised Jackie with some peaches and cream as a side dish...

I canned the peaches myself back when they were ripe.  I only have 4 jars (out of a dozen) left, so it was a treat.

Just whipped a little Heavy Cream until slightly thickened, added a couple TBS of powdered sugar and away we went...

Best served as breakfast in bed on Christmas morning...

Hope you find your one to share and relax and of course...

God Bless us Everyone

Dave and Jackie

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1 comment:

  1. This really looks so delectable! I do love potatoes and I guess I will surely love this recipe. That peach side dish also looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing this amazing dish. I will certainly serve this for breakfast tomorrow even though it is still months away before Christmas.

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