Try this spin on latkes
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Try this spin on latkes

Shifra Klein of Joy of Kosher Magazine shared a few awesome recipes with latkes with surprise insides, including pulled brisket and BBQ sauce, cheese and marinara sauce, apples and sour cream, and salmon and green goddess (the recipe is below).

“A latke with a surprise in the middle is a great way to update the classic Chanukah dish,” she said. “Be creative, and stuff latkes with anything you have on hand. Maybe even use it as a way to get your kids to eat their veggies by adding peas, broccoli, tomatoes, zucchini, or spinach.” To begin, start with her favorite basic latke recipe below.

Basic Latke Recipe

5 Idaho potatoes
1 Spanish onion
2 eggs beaten
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons of flour (optional)•
Oil for frying
Latke stuffing of choice (see below)

Grate the potatoes and onion using a food processor or hand grater. Add eggs, salt, and pepper to mixture. Then add flour (optional). In a large frying pan, heat 1/2 inch oil on medium/high heat. It is important to make sure that the oil is hot enough to crisp up the potatoes but not too hot that the potatoes will burn. Place a heaping spoonful of latke mix into the pan. The latkes should sizzle and crisp up quickly. Once latke gets crisp, place filling inside. (See one option below). Top with another spoonful of latke mix on top of filling and make sure that the potato mix on top of the filling completely covers the filling. Flip over and fry for about a minute. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot.

Salmon and Green Goddess Stuffed Latkes

latkes-cover-crop2The crispy potato latke, with the smooth fresh taste of salmon makes for a great combination. Green Goddess dressing, a mixture of herbs and sour cream, adds color and flavor to this impressive latke.

Favorite Latke Recipe

1 6-ounce salmon fillet thinly sliced
1 6-ounce package of baby spinach
1 cup basil
1/2 cup fresh dill, stems removed
1/2 cup fresh parsley, stems removed
1 cup sour cream or yogurt (use pareve sour cream or soy yogurt for meat meals)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Start with your favorite latke recipe. In a large frying pan, heat about 1/2 inch of oil on medium/high heat. Place a heaping spoonful of latke mix into pan. Place a slice of salmon into latke mix. Top with another spoonful of latke mix. Flip over and fry for one minute. Serve hot with green goddess dressing.

To make the Green Goddess dressing: blend spinach, basil, dill, parsley, sour cream or yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Place in container until ready to serve.

For information on the magazine’s Chanukah issue, go to www.joyofkosher.com/subscribe.

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