Last weekend my girlfriend invited me over to help make Latkes for an upcoming holiday party she is having. These are made each and every year for the annual party and each year Bobbie does it alone. Imagine making well over 100 Latkes! Of course, these were made to be stored in the freezer until the event. This is a messy job..........grease splattering, flying shredded potatoes, but nonetheless it is fun and well worth it when time to eat.
5 lb. bag of russet potatoes (about 8)
2 medium onions
heavy teaspoon baking powder
4 heavy tablespoons flour
lots of white and black pepper
Peel potatoes and shred in a food processor or by hand (good luck if doing by hand). Remove moisture from shredded potatoes by squeezing with paper towels or a hand towel. Grate the onions using a hand grater. Place shredded potatoes in a large bowl, add grated onion, baking powder, flour, salt and pepper. Mix well. Pour about 1/2" of oil in a heavy-duty frying pan (cast iron preferred). Heat oil until hot and form potato mixture lightly into small flat discs. Fry in oil and flip when golden/crispy. Drain on paper towels or brown paper bags (we did the paper bags........works great. Each batch yields about two dozen Latkes. We made five batches that day. Here are pics of the messy floor and ruined nails: