Prep 30 mins
Cook 5 mins
I recently discovered this recipe on the web. Because of the miracle of the oil in the story of Chanukah, it's traditional to eat something oil-fried for the holiday. Latkes - potato pancakes - are the customary fried dish. This delicious version features zucchini in addition to the potatoes, and makes light, delicate pancakes. Perfect for the Festival of Lights, these are scrumptious as is, or with applesauce or sour cream. The 5-minute cooking time is per latkes. The servings indicated are for 32 large latkes or 72 cocktail size.
- 2 medium zucchini
- 4 large potatoes, peeled,cut to fit a food processor feed tube,and placed in bowl of water to prevent discoloration (see note)
- 4 eggs
- 2 -4 tablespoons flour or 2 -4 tablespoons fine matzo meal, during passover
- 1 large onion, quartered
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- fresh ground black pepper
- canola oil or other vegetable oil, for frying
- NOTE: For best latke consistency, half the raw potatoes are grated using the chopping blade of a food processor, half with its fine grating disc.
- Or use a hand box-grater, grating half the potatoes on the large-hole side, the remainder on the fine-hole.
- The latkes can be made cocktail size-they're great passed with drinks.
- In a food processor fitted with a fine grating disk, grate the zucchini.
- Squeeze out any extra liquid and place in a large bowl.
- Grate half the potatoes in the food processor with the grating disc, or on the finest side of a box-grater, and squeeze out any liquid.
- Quickly add the potatoes to the zucchini.
- Add the eggs and the flour until the mixture is no longer runny and stir to blend.
- In the processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse-chop the onion and remaining potato finely, or grate the potato only on the large-hole side of a box-grater and combine with the onions.
- Add to the zucchini-potato mixture.
- Add the dill and season to taste with the salt and pepper.
- Stir to blend well.
- In a large, heavy skillet, heat 1/8 to 1/4 inch of vegetable oil over medium heat.
- Stir the batter if it appears to have separated.
- When the oil is hot (a drop of the potato mixture added to it will sizzle immediately), spoon quarter-cups of the mixture, or tablespoons for cocktail lakes, into the oil.
- Do not crowd.
- Brown the pancakes on both sides, about 5 minutes total.
- They are ready to be turned over when the sides are turning brown.
- Drain them on brown paper or paper towels and keep warm while preparing additional batches.
- Serve immediately.
- 32 Large or 72 cocktail size.
OMG, are these ever good! I made just about 1/2 a recipe cause there are only two of us around here ... Now, I wish I had made the full deal! We gobbled 'em up! Love the addition of zukes, and we dipped them in ranch dressing! Yummie-Good! Thanks so much for posting this wonderful recipe, Dolly, we enjoyed them soooo much! They're definitely at the top of our favorite's list! Laudee