Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins
from bon appetit 2001 a terrific latke. Sauce makes 1 cup
- 4 tablespoons butter (or more)
- 1 cup chopped green onion
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, squeezed dry
- 1⁄3 cup crustless challah (packed, or other egg-bread pieces)
- 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh dill
- 4 large eggs, beaten to blend
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Feta Yogurt Sauce
- 1⁄2 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 3 ounces)
- 1⁄2 cup plain yogurt
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter in heavy medium skillet over medium heat. Add green onions and garlic; sauté until onions are soft, about 2 minutes. Add spinach and sauté until liquid evaporates, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cool completely.
- Blend challah in processor to fine crumbs. Add spinach mixture and dill and process, using on/off turns, until spinach is finely chopped. Transfer to large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix in eggs and baking powder.
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet (preferably cast-iron) over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches, drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls into skillet, using back of spoon to flatten latkes slightly. Cook until brown, about 2 minutes per side. Using slotted spatula, transfer latkes to paper towels to drain. Add more butter and oil to skillet as necessary and allow to get hot before adding more batter. Transfer latkes to plates. Serve, passing Feta-Yogurt Sauce separately.
- To make sauce:.
- Using fork, mash feta cheese in small bowl. Mix in remaining ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let stand 30 minutes to allow flavors to develop. (Sauce can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.).
Even though I made quite a few changes, this still turned out good. I did not process the spinach, as mine was cut fine enogh, I felt, and I liked the end texture. I used panko instead of fresh bread crumbs. And I had neither yogurt nor feta, and used sourcream plus goat cheese - yummy. I though bleu bheese would also go well. I did add just a grating of nutmeg to the spinach. Now I made half the recipe, and had only 8 cakes, and this was two servings for me.