Before I begin, I want to wish a very Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate! May these 8 days bring you love, peace and happiness! And latkes! Lots of these latkes!
Now, I’m sorry for my unplanned hiatus, but these past two days have been MADNESS, PURE MADNESS I TELL YOU. Monday I had to write about 4 articles, yesterday I was literally in the kitchen from 11 am – 11pm, cooking up a thousand different things, plus I had to photograph, edit and write those articles as well. And today, I got my hair did (YAY, FINALLY), went shopping to pick up last minute items and wrote another 4 articles. Those people who tell you that having a full time job, a full time blog and oh, another freelance career is easy should get violentally punched. I’m just saying. It’s one of the hardest things ever. BUT NOW. I’m free. At least until next week when I have another 50,000 to do. But I love it and that’s all that matters.
Moving on, new hair?
SHORT! Can you believe it? It’s so much shorter than I wanted, but I’m really pleasantly surprised by how much I like it. It’s so soft, so bouncy and really easy to manage. Plus, it’s a bit cosmo chic, so that’s good. And it’s that fabulous red color I love. After the past few months I’ve had, a nice hair cut is just what I needed.
So, now onto these delicious latkes, eh? I’m not Jewish, but I married a man who is, so I’ve been dying to try out some traditional Jewish fare. Plus, one of my articles for She Knows Fabulous Foods (a foodie’s paradise, I tell you) was to create a Hanukkah menu! So, of course, what better time to create some tasty latkes! I wanted to alter them a bit so I added some chili powder and a dash of crushed red pepper. I’ve never had a latke before, but I will tell you these are my favorite. That’s fair, right?
To begin with, potato pancakes are the next best thing to a pancake, I mean really. They are SO soft and incredibly flavorful. What I loved most about these was obviously the addition of the spice! Each bite was soft, with a bit of crunch, a bit of a chew and had a fabulous spicy flavor. Plus, I got the creamy texture and flavor from the dollop of sour cream on top.
I absolutely love latkes now. How on earth did I wait so long before one of these delicious pancakes made their way into my mouth? I urge you all to try these. Actually, no. I order you to try them. You’ll become a latke lover in no time. Plus, they take less than 5 minutes to fry and can be eaten with a fork or just with your hands (the way my dad devoured them yesterday!) Enjoy!
Spicy Potato Latkes
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: >5 minutes
- 4 cups of shredded red potatoes, skin on
- 2 tablespoons grated onion
- 3 eggs beaten
- 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/4 cup of olive oil for frying
- Squeeze moisture out of potatoes and onion with a paper towel or cheese cloth. Place in a medium size mixing bowl.
- Add eggs, flour, salt, chilli powder, crushed red pepper and garlic powder and mix well. If potatoes seem too wet, add additonal flour.
- Heat oil in a medium frying pan. Scoop latkes into the pan and fry until browned on each side, about 3 – 4 minutes. Serve with sour cream or enjoy on their own!
Nutritional information per latke: 105 calories, 5 grams of fat, 21 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of protein.