Don't worry I'm not confused as to what holiday we're celebrating right now. I know it's the middle of Sukkos, not Chanuka. In my previous post I mentioned the book "Winter Gatherings" by Rick Rodgers that I'd brought home recently and have by the way been enjoying ever since. I was flipping through it planning the holiday menus and hoping to get a little help. I found a recipe for potato latkes and was suddenly very in the mood for some deep fried oily potatoes. I know, not the most healthy choice of food but once in a while I can splurge..right? ;) Anyways this was absolutely scrumptious just as I'd imagined and the actual recipe was incorporated from the above mentioned book. As the days get colder I seek warm comfort foods like these. Autumn is surely in effect around here. As soon as the Holidays are over I will be in more of a getting fit state of mind. I feel like it's almost impossible to keep to a diet and exercise routine with the constant festive meals and heavy dishes. We'll see. I have always been someone that loves Summer time best but since the colder weather has begun to arrive, I might as well just embrace it. If you are feeling this season like I am stay posted for a warm drink recipe that is very much in sync with the Autumn and Winter theme and will be up very soon. For now here's the recipe for these Potato Latkes.
Potato Latkes with Apple Jalapeno Salsa:
Yields about 12 Medium Latkes
4 Large Yukon Gold Potatoes
1 Medium Vidalia Onion
2 Tablespoons Jason's Seasoned Breadcrumbs
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
Sprinkle of Pepper
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil for Frying
Apple Jalapeno Salsa:
2 Sweet Green Apples
1 Large Shallot
1 Jalapeno Pepper
1 Fresh Lime
1 1/2 Teaspoons Honey
1/2 Teaspoon Cilantro
Sprinkle of Salt
Sour Cream for Serving (optional)
1. Start by creating the latke mixture. Peel the 4 potatoes and put them through the food processor fitted with a potato kugel style blade making stringy style pieces. Process the onion as well. Add the eggs, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper to the processed potato and onion using the mixing attachment to combine everything into a smooth mixture.
2. Place the 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil in a large non stick frying pan and heat the oil on a low-medium flame. I would recommend to fry the latkes 1 at a time to avoid overcrowding. Place about 1/3 cup of the potato mixture in the center of the frying pan and allow it to fry for about 1-2 minutes on each side flipping once it seems browned and crispy around the edges. Remove to a paper towel or parchment paper lined plate to drain a bit of the oil before serving. The latkes can be kept warm in the oven if you don't plan to serve right away as they will otherwise loose their crispiness while waiting.
3. Once all of the latkes are prepared begin with the apple salsa. Peel the apples and slice the fruit from the core. Discard the core and stem and chop the pieces of apple into very small pieces. Cut up the jalapeno and shallot into very small pieces as well as well. Toss the apple, jalapeno and shallot pieces in a mixing bowl. Cut the fresh lime in half and squeeze the juices from both halves into the salsa. Add the honey, cilantro and salt mixing well to combine everything.
4. Serve the latkes- layering them onto a plate and topping them with a dollop of sour cream and then with the apple salsa.
Hoping this recipe will be inspiring to you in creating the perfect dish to warm up any of the cold nights ahead.
What kinds of foods do you like to prepare when these colder seasons roll around?
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Happy and Healthy Sukkos to you all!