New World Latkes

This recipe was featured on NPR a few years ago in a discussion about the large Jewish population in Mexico City. We added some MM Local peppers, served with Jonny Applesauce and Pear Sauce and what was once a Passover treat became a staple. Enjoy! Recipe adapted from National Public Radio and Chef Julian Medina Latkes Image courtesy of Epicurious  12 pieces (2 per person)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Large russet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • ½ cup Matzo meal
  • 1 jar MM Local Hot or Mild High Desert Peppers
  • 1 t Kosher salt
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 1 Jar Jonny Applesauce or Pear Sauce
  • Sour Cream (optional)

HOW TO MAKE:

1) Using a box grater, coarsely grate the potatoes into a medium-size bowl. Add the egg yolk, peppers, salt, and matzo meal; mix well and let cool in the refrigerator for five minutes to allow ingredients to bind. 2) Remove bowl from refrigerator and drain off any excess liquid. 3) Over a medium flame, heat ½ cup olive oil in a 10-inch skillet until hot but not smoking. Take 1 heaping tablespoon of the potato mixture at a time and place into the pan, being careful not to crowd the latkes. Cook each latke until golden brown on both sides (approximately five minutes total). 4) Transfer latkes to a paper-towel-lined plate, add additional salt if desired. Add ¼ to ½ cup of olive oil (if needed) to pan and repeat process with remaining latke mixture. Keeping a good layer of olive oil in there really improves the flavor 5) Serve immediately, topped with Pear Sauce or Jonny Applesauce and sour cream

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