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Recipe – Aunt Betsy’s Latkes

Latkes (potato pancakes) are a traditional Chanukah food.  The holiday of Chanukah celebrates when the Maccabees rededicated the Temple after being plundered by the Greeks.  The oil, enough for one day, miraculously lasted for eight days.  So, we celebrate by eating foods prepared in oil; to make latkes, you need plenty of oil!

12 medium russet potatoes
4 eggs
2 t. salt
pinch of black pepper
4 small onions
@ 1 cup matzoh meal
½  gallon Mazola oil


Peel potatoes, soak in cold water one hour.

Grate potatoes.

Grate onions. Add to grated potatoes.  Let drain one hour.

Mix with 4 beaten eggs, salt, pepper. Cover top with matzoh meal.  Mix.

Heat oil in skillet.  Drop spoonfuls of batter into oil until golden brown.  Remove potato flakes from oil and discard as you fry.  Drain latkes on paper shopping bags.  Place drained latkes in oven to warm.

Serve with applesauce and/or sour cream.

Makes about 35 medium sized latkes.

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