The Maccabeats Fry Up Some Latkes

Hannukah means another holiday video by the Maccabeats. It’s as inevitable as Christmas envy, Matzoball parties and latkes vs. sufganiyot debates. This year the a capella boys from Yeshiva University do a parody of “Shut Up And Dance” by Walk the Moon, while sharing their latke recipe. Here’s an actual latke recipe you can use by foodandwine.com. It’s actually pretty good. Yummy alert! Approach with caution!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • Sea salt
  • 2 pounds baking potatoes
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup matzo meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Applesauce, crème fraîche, smoked salmon, salmon roe and dill sprigs, for serving
Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, cover the Yukon Gold potatoes with cool water, season generously with salt and bring to a boil. Cook the potatoes until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well and immediately pass the potatoes through a ricer into a large bowl.
  2. Working quickly, peel and grate the baking potatoes on the large holes of a box grater into a medium bowl. Press with a clean kitchen towel to remove excess moisture. Add half of the grated potatoes to the riced potatoes.
  3. Transfer the remaining grated potatoes to the bowl of a food processor. Add the onion and pulse until the potatoes and onions are very finely chopped. Transfer to a fine-mesh sieve and press with the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Add the potato-onion mixture to the large bowl. Stir in the eggs, matzo meal, white pepper and 2 teaspoons of salt.
  4. In a large, heavy skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil until shimmering. Working in 3 batches, spoon 1/4 cup of the potato mixture into the oil for each latke; press slightly to flatten. Fry over moderate heat, turning once, until the latkes are golden and crisp on both sides, about 7 minutes. Drain the latkes on a paper towel-lined baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with salt. Serve with applesauce, crème fraîche, smoked salmon, salmon roe and dill.

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