Perfect Latkes, Two Surprising Ingredients

For truly crisp latkes, each with a tender, creamy center, we incorporated two unusual ingredients: sparkling apple cider for tang and sweetness, and the potato's own rendered starch. Sound complicated? It couldn't be easier (or tastier).

Apple cider latke

Apple cider latke recipe

Yields 12

Ingredients:

  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 small white onion, finely grated
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup sparkling apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • Apple sauce, smoked salmon, caviar and sour cream for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Using the largest grating holes on a hand-held cheese grater, grate potatoes into a large bowl of ice water. Using a slotted spoon, transfer potatoes, reserving liquid, to a clean kitchen towel; gently squeeze potatoes until almost dry.
  2. Let reserved liquid stand 10 minutes, or until starch sinks to the bottom. Carefully pour liquid from the bowl, reserving potato starch; discard water. Transfer potatoes to the bowl with reserved potato starch. Add onions. Stir in eggs, cider, flour, salt and pepper.
  3. Place a cooling rack over a sheet pan; set aside. In a heavy nonstick skillet, heat 1/2-inch of oil over medium-high heat to 365 degrees F. Working in batches, spoon 1/4 cup of potato mixture into skillet (about four to five per skillet), without crowding pan. Cook two minutes each side, or until golden brown.
  4. Transfer latkes to cooling rack; sprinkle with salt to taste, and if desired, serve with apple sauce, smoked salmon, caviar or sour cream.

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