Bubby's Latkes

Holiday 2006
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food and drink

BY: Sasha Chapman

A latke party is necessarily casual because potato pancakes will wait for no one. Serve Bubby's Latkes hot and crisp, with a dollop each of sour cream and good-quality apple sauce. For an easy, delicious topping simmer chunks of red-skinned apples with a spoonful of water for 15 minutes or until softened before passing through a food mill; the result is a rosy pink sauce far superior to anything store-bought.

4 large russet potatoes
1 onion
1 egg
½ tsp (2 mL) baking powder
2 tbsp (25 mL) all-purpose flour
Salt and pepper
Vegetable oil
Sour cream and apple sauce

1. Peel and grate potatoes and onion in a food processor or by hand. Transfer to a sieve or kitchen towel and squeeze out excess water. In a large bowl, combine grated mixture, egg, baking powder and flour. Season well with salt and pepper.

2. Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large heavy skillet over moderate heat. Drop mixture into skillet, a few spoonfuls at a time. (For crisp, lacy pancakes, flatten with a spoon.) Fry in batches, turning once, for 4 minutes a side or until golden brown.

3. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately with sour cream and apple sauce.

Makes 16 pancakes