Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Potato - Leek Latkes with Herbed Sour Cream

According to my husband, if we don't have latkes at least 4 nights of Chanukah then it is not a happy Chanukah. But how many times can you eat (and make) the same type! On this last night of Chanuka as we prepare to say goodbye to this festive chag and as I try to figure out a way to break it to my two year old that she will not be getting a present every night for the rest of the year, I thought to make a different kind of latke. One of my favorite soups is Cream of Potato Leek soup (a post that will surely wind up here one day) and so I thought, why not make a latke with all the elements of that soup! So I came up with the following recipe- and may I say I think these were the best latkes I have ever made (my apologies to the cinnamon scented sweet potato ones). The leek flavor was subtle but bold enough to be tasted and they just melted into the potatoes- a winner!





No, that is not an early seder plate, I just was a little more organized this time. Look at the size of those spuds!!! I call them my Jose Canseco potatoes for obvious reasons.

5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes
4 eggs
1/3-1/2 cup flour
2 leeks
salt and pepper
1 tbl chopped fresh parsley



Clean the leeks and chop the white and light green parts in the food processor or by hand. Grate the potatoes on the shredder disk of the food processor. You can also choose to make these by processing the potatoes with blade but I prefer the shredded consistency and so does the latke demander.  Mix the chopped leeks into the potato mixture, add the flour, eggs, parsley, salt and pepper and fry in pre-heated canola oil. Don't forget to make sure the oil is hot enough so the latkes aren't too oily and fry to perfection.

Of course, cream of potato leek soup needs a cream element- so here is the sour cream topping:

1-2 cups sour cream
chopped chives
about 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper

It must be said that sour cream and potatoes are soul mates. They yearn to be together. So put your latke out of its misery and load on the sour cream.







Enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. Yum- this looks so good.. im ttally picturing aryeh sitting down and ver yseriously asking -how many days to you have to have latkes for chanukah actually to be good?-and then debating it!!!!
    keep the recipes coimin!

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  2. These were amazing! Thanks for sending us a sampling. I loved the sour cream, but it's just not David's thing. So we tried them with apple sauce, too. It may not have been what you had in mind, but it was delicious that way, too!

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