So, I don’t know what inspired me to make latkes, of all things, with the 18 million pounds of potatoes I’ve stocked up in my quest to recreate all of my favorite (and, oh, there were many) potato dishes in Spain. Latkes were certainly not on that list. Nor do I have any particular story to tell about these. No family recipe; no special memories from my childhood. In fact, I don’t even recall seeing a recipe for potato pancakes — or latkes — anywhere else recently to spark an interest in making them myself, as is usually the case when I decide to make something I’ve had little experience with pre-food allergies (and why would I see one anyways? It’s not even latke season, is it?).
All that said, I was somehow determined to master this recipe. I was so determined that I made four versions of these in about 5 days. And believe it or not, I’m still not close to halfway through my potato supply. I finally settled on a version I was happy with this afternoon, and cooked up some fresh-from-the-market apples for the accompanying sauce. Gennaro and I snacked on them before watching the ulcer-inducing 28-24 Michigan-Notre Dame game, where our beloved Wolverines managed to pull off the win. The perfect fall Saturday: potato pancakes with applesauce and Michigan football. Perhaps I’ll have to start my own potato pancake tradition. If only it would always include a victory.
Zucchini Potato Latkes:
Makes about 12 pancakes
1 1/2 cups peeled, shredded russet potatoes (I shredded mine with a box grater), tightly packed
1 cup shredded zucchini (tightly packed)
1 teaspoon sea salt, divided
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup garbanzo bean (chickpea) flour
1 tablespoon Ener-G Egg Replacer
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon oil (I used grapeseed), plus more for frying
1. Place shredded zucchini and potatoes in a collander or strainer with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Squeeze out excess liquid and let sit for about 10 minutes. Sqeeze again and set aside.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, water, egg replacer, 1 tablespoon oil and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. Add vegetables and onion and mix until everything is combined. Set aside.
3. Heat a cast iron skillet or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and add about a tablespoon of oil. Drop batter by 1/4 cup and flatten with the back of measuring cup or a spoon. Drop batter for about 3-4 pancakes at a time. Fry on medium-high heat for about 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom. Flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes, reducing heat to medium. Remove to a plate and continue with remaining batter, using a tablespoon of cooking oil for each batch. To reheat latkes, or if you have a batch that didn’t cook all the way through, heat pancakes in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for about 5 minutes, or until crispy and heated through.