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Hanukkah Potato Pancakes – Latkes


2 1/2 pounds peeled russet potatoes
1 peeled onion
2 tablespoons matzo meal
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Vegetable oil, for frying
Applesauce and/or sour cream, for serving (optional)


Shred potatoes first using the shredding blade and then the metal blade of a food processor (or use a hand shredder). Drain excess liquid. Shred onion in the food processor just as you shredded the potatos; add to potatoes. Add matzo meal, eggs, salt, and baking powder and stir until incorporated. Pour 1/4 to 1/2 inch of oil into a large frying pan and heat over medium-high heat. Once oil is to temperature (you can check by sticking a wooden utensil into the oil and seeing if bubbles form), spoon 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture into the hot oil. Do not crowd the pan. Flatten latkes slightly with the back of the spoon. Fry pancakes until golden on both sides, turning once. After frying, remove the pancakes to paper towels to drain. Season with additional salt and serve with applesauce and/or sour cream, if desired.

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