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Potato Latkes

Potato Latkes

These latkes are perfect for Hanukkah!  Serve them with applesauce and sour cream.
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Author: Marybeth

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Shredder for grating potatoes
  • Cast iron frying pan
  • Cheese cloth (or thin kitchen towel) for draining liquid from potato mixture
  • mixing bowl
  • Forks
  • 2 cookie sheets
  • wire cooling rack
  • paper towels

Ingredients

  • lb baking potatoes - Russets are usually recommended; I like Yukon gold
  • ½ medium yellow onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp matzo meal or unseasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup oil for frying - I use Canola; you can also use rendered chicken fat

Instructions

  • Scrub potatoes, cut in half, and grate. Peel and grate onion. Mix grated potato and onion together.
  • Use cheesecloth or kitchen towel to drain excess liquid from the grated potato and onion. Set aside some of the liquid to be combined with the egg, matzo or bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Add this back into the grated potato and onion mixture so that it is evenly distributed.
  • Form latkes using an ice cream scoop or measuring cup (1/4 cup).
  • Fry latkes in preheated oil until dark golden-brown (4-5 minutes per side).
  • Remove latkes from frying pan and place on a cookie sheet lined with paper towels.
  • After oil has drained, place latkes on a cookie sheet with a wire rack.
  • Serve with sour cream and applesauce. Enjoy!

Notes

Heat oven to 200 degrees F.
Line 1 cookie sheet with paper toweling for fried latkes as they are removed from the frying pan. Next, transfer drained latkes to a cookie sheet with a wire rack. Keep latkes in a 200-degree oven until you are ready to serve them.
* I make latkes every year for Hanukkah from memory. However, I referenced the Kitchn.com Classic Latke recipe for additional details.

Seven Minute Frosting

Seven Minute Frosting

My family loves winter sports and this is the perfect winter white frosting for decorating winter-themed holiday cakes! This recipe is from Better Homes & Gardens, but this is just like the frosting my mom used to make years ago! Once prepared this frosting holds its shape and is perfect for creating drifts of winter snow icing!
Total Time7 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Marybeth

Equipment

  • Double boiler
  • electric mixer

Ingredients

  • cups sugar
  • cup cold water
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar (or 2 tsp light-colored corn syrup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In the top of a double boiler combine sugar, cold water, egg whites, and cream of tartar (or corn syrup). Using an electric mixer, beat on low speed for 30 seconds.
  • Place over boiling water (upper pan should not touch water).
  • Cook, beating constantly with the electric mixer on high speed, about 7 minutes or until frosting forms stiff peaks.
  • Remove from the heat; add vanilla. Beat 2 to 3 minutes more or until frosting reaches spreading consistency.

Notes

This frosts the tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch cake layers or one 10-inch tube cake. Store frosted cake in the refrigerator and serve the same day it is made.
Note: You can substitute 2 teaspoons of light-colored corn syrup in place of cream of tarter, however, I recommend cream of tartar.

Pepparkahar (Norwegian Gingerbread Cookies)

Pepparkahar (Norwegian Gingerbread Cookies)

These cookies are so good that we serve them at Thanksgiving and Christmas! At Thanksgiving, we make turkey-shaped cookies. At Christmas, we make gingerbread people. Decorating them is always fun!
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Author: Marybeth

Equipment

  • mixing bowls
  • Rolling Pin
  • baking sheet
  • Cookie cutters
  • Wax paper or plastic wrap for handling dough
  • Tin for storage

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp water or milk
  • cups unsifted flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp cardamom, if desired

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cream together butter, sugar, and molasses.
  • Beat in the egg and water/milk.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients until combined.
  • Roll out on floured surface to ⅛-inch thickness and cut with floured cookie cutters.
  • Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until cookies are set.

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