Hannukah & The History Of Potato Latkes

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Greensboro, NC -- Hannukah begins at sundown. Like any holiday, the Festival of Lights includes traditions and food!

Temple Emmanuel members Anne-Marie Scott and Jessie Melamed joined us on the Good Morning Show to talk about Hannukah and to make a traditional Hannukah treat--- potato latkes!

Jessie says Hannukah is known as the Festival of Lights because in Jewish history, there is a story about the oil needed to sustain life. There was only enough oil for one night. But God made the oil last for 8 nights. To celebrate and remember God's provision, Jewish people cook things with oil.

Potato Latkes
1 pound potatoes
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil

Accompaniments: sour cream and applesauce

Preheat oven to 250F.

Peel potatoes and coarsely grate by hand, transferring to a large bowl of cold water as grated. Soak potatoes 1 to 2 minutes after last batch is added to water, then drain well in a colander.

Spread grated potatoes and onion on a kitchen towel and roll up jelly-roll style. Twist towel tightly to wring out as much liquid as possible. Transfer potato mixture to a bowl and stir in egg and salt.

Heat 1/4 cup oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches of 4 latkes, spoon 2 tablespoons potato mixture per latke into skillet, spreading into 3-inch rounds with a fork. Reduce heat to moderate and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes. Turn latkes over and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to paper towels to drain and season with salt. Add more oil to skillet as needed. Keep latkes warm on a wire rack set in a shallow baking pan in oven.


Cooks' notes:
·Latkes may be made up to 8 hours ahead. Reheat on a rack set over a baking sheet in a 350°F oven, about 5 minutes.
·Grating the potatoes, soaking them briefly in water, and then squeezing out the liquid (as we've done here) keeps the batter from turning brown too quickly.

 

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