I'd like the opportunity to continue featuring delicious foods that I grew up with. This one is a winner and is a favorite of all people, all faiths, all backgrounds. Potato Pancakes with a twist, ZUCCHINI-POTATO LATKES (PANCAKES). I am always putting my stamp on a recipe and adding zucchini has been a complete success. I use to watch my Father make the plain ones without Zucchini. My Brother and I use to impatiently stand next to the stove watching him cook and so excited to eat this crispy nosh. He use to make them flat so both sides would crisp up without a lot of soft middle. I have noticed all ethnic groups have some variation. During the holidays, especially in the Jewish faith, Hanukkah, they are made by the dozens. I make them all year round. They are vegetarian, gluten free, Kosher and wonderful. Here's an idea for you. Make them small, silver dollar size, spread sour cream on top, a small slice of Nova Lox and chopped red onion and capers on top of that with a sprig of dill as an appetizer. Elegant and such a crowd pleaser for any get together.
3 large Zucchini, grated 1 large Sweet Onion, grated 3 large Baking Potatoes, peeled and grated (it's optional to peel the Potatoes. The skin is filled with vitamins and minerals) 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda 2 large free range Eggs, beaten 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt 1 cup Gluten Free Matzo Meal (or gluten free Bread Crumbs) 1 cup Sunflower Oil (I do not use canola oil because it is often genetically modified and can create liver and kidney problems)
1) Place grated Zucchini, Onion and Potatoes in a large bowl. Add the Baking Soda, Eggs, Matzo Meal (or Bread Crumbs), Garlic Powder, Salt and Pepper. Mix thoroughly. I use my hands and really get into it. 2) Pour the oil in a skillet and heat over medium high heat. Form the pancakes into balls about 2 inches in diameter and place in the hot oil. Flatten with a spatula. If the Latkes are too loose and tend to fall apart, add more Matzo Meal one tablespoon at a time until they stay together. 3) Brown each side and drain on paper towels. Serve hot and be prepared to make lots more because I guarantee they will go fast. They are served often with Sour Cream and Applesauce. If you don't do dairy, try the vegan Sour Cream. I use it myself.
NOTE: Because the Potatoes give off lots of starch, you may have to squeeze out the excess liquid with your hands before forming a ball.