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Smoked Salmon Latkes

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I think perhaps those who say it’s too expensive to eat properly don’t know about latkes. I don’t understand myself why it requires Hannukah to remind me of their delicious existence once a year.

There are plenty of ways to make a latke – you can mix your grated potatoes with egg or toss them with flour, or both. You could use sweet potatoes and spike them with curry powder.

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But if what you’re after is a simple, crispy-edged potato cake, all you need to do is wash a thin-skinned potato (don’t bother peeling it), grate it onto a paper towel or two, sprinkle with salt, squeeze out as much moisture as you can (this will keep them crisp) and cook flattened spoonfuls in a hot pan, drizzled with oil.

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A dab of butter doesn’t hurt. Who doesn’t love crispy potatoes with butter?

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Flattening them with a fork until you can almost see through them will help them cook through without being gummy on the inside. You’d be amazed how many latkes come out of a single potato.

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And there you go. Latkes to dip in ketchup or serve under eggs, Benny-style, or to dab with sour cream or crème fraîche and a curl of smoked salmon, if you want to get all fancy about it.

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December 19 2012 | appetizers and breakfast | 12 Comments »