I had a sudden craving for latkes yesterday morning and was bummed when I opened the refrigerator door and only saw one potato. But somehow this one potato (plus a shredded carrot and some chopped onion) gave me 7 latkes so all my latke dreams ended up coming true. Yes I realize there are only 5 in the picture but I might have eaten a couple while waiting for the second batch to fry up.
I like to add shredded carrots to my latkes because they make me feel healthy and they add nice color.
Latkes are magical on sandwiches with cheese, bacon, and egg. You need crispy bacon so it balances out the textures of the other ingredients. The latkes get pretty crispy if you cook it right, but it’s not the same as bacon-crispy.
Simple Latke recipe: makes 7 small/sandwich sized latkes
- 1 large potato
- 1 carrot
- 1/4 cup of chopped sweet onion
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp flour
- few Tbsp oil for frying-I like grapeseed
- Peel and grate the potato& carrot on top of a dish towel. You can either chop up the onion or grate it along with the rest.
- Roll up the dish towel and wring it over the sink until most of the water comes out. Don’t skip this step unless you want soggy latkes.
- Transfer to a mixing bowl, add an egg, and mix well.
- Add the flour, a good shaking of salt, and pepper, and mix again.
- Heat up the oil in a pan over medium heat and wait for it to heat up. The mixture should sizzle the second it hits the pan.
- Scoop the mixture onto the pan and use your spatula to shape/flatten them out in the pan. I fit 4 in each pan.
- Cook them until they’re golden on the bottom, and then flip (check the bottom after 5 minutes). You have to be patient because if we cook it at high heat, it’ll be burnt before the center is cooked…cold raw potato is not fun.
- Add more oil to the pan before frying the second batch.
To assemble an awesome breakfast sandwich: toast some bread, add cheddar cheese (I like to melt the cheese on top of the bread when it’s almost done in the toaster oven…if you have a regular toaster this won’t work). Add a hot latke on top of the cheese, and then some bacon and a fried egg. I added ketchup because it’s my favorite condiment.