WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - On Hanukkah, foods fried in oil are served to commemorate the miracle of the oil that burned in the Temple of Jerusalem for eight days instead of just one. That's why potato latkes are a traditional dish for the holiday.
Sandy Apple and Ellen Balser from the Temple of Israel in Wilmington shared their recipe for the perfect potato pancakes with WECT News:
Old Fashioned Potato Pancakes - Latkes
3 cups of grated Idaho potatoes
1 large onion grated
2 eggs well beaten
1/2 cup flour or matzoh meal
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
Oil for frying
Grate the potatoes in a food processor or by hand. Grate the onion in a separate bowl.
Rinse potatoes with cold water and drain and squeeze dry.
Add onion, egg flour or matzoh meal and salt and pepper--mix well.
Heat vegetable oil in frying pan.
Drop by tablespoonfuls into hot oil and fry until brown, turn over and do the same.
Drain on paper towels.
May keep them warm in the oven on foil.
Freeze in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
Yields about 16
Serve with applesauce and/or sour cream.