Each of these three variations contains the core staples of the traditional latke—you'll need potatoes, onions, egg, and matzo meal. They all follow the same basic latke-making technique. But they also integrate other vegetables and spices, herbs, and even nuts and cheese. If this is mishegas, then mishegas is freaking delicious.
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Sweet potatoes, carrots, and acorn squash form a natural partnership--their flavors are complementary, but with enough variation to promise something a little more interesting than your typical root vegetable latke. Freshly grated ginger delivers a bright heat that cuts right through the vegetable base, which is rounded out with smoky paprika, a pinch of cumin, and some floral coriander.
Zucchini make a great latke base, but they also have a very delicate flavor that can easily be overwhelmed. Chopped basil and lemon zest help that light, grassy quality shine, while pine nuts and Parmesan cheese give it a pesto-inspired twist. These latkes are especially tender and refreshingly light.
These beet, potato, and onion latkes are studded with walnuts and garlic. A spoonful of horseradish sour cream cuts through the sweetness for a well-balanced finish.
If you're barreling down the grocery store aisles right now, shopping to get your Hanukkah dinner going, here's a handy cheat sheet on the big points that busts some latke myths along the way.
Potatoes have a place (or two) on every holiday table, and whether they're buttery and creamy, crunchy and herb-y, or swimming in cheese and bacon, one thing's for sure: they'll disappear quick. Click through the slideshow for 14 festive recipes.
In Cortney Burns and Nicholaus Balla's new cookbook, Bar Tartine: Techniques and Recipes, they share the recipe for their Smoked Potatoes with Ramp Mayonnaise. This dish has been obsessed over and blogged about, and has a permanent place on their ever-changing menu. There's a lot going on with these spuds: The potatoes themselves are roasted and smoked, then smashed and deep-fried. They're tossed with herbs and a mushroom-infused black garlic vinaigrette—earthy, sweet, and tangy. The crowning glory is the bright and rich mayonnaise. Individually, each component is brilliant; together, they make you think you've died and gone to umami heaven.
Leftover mashed potatoes reheated in the waffle iron make for awesome crisp edges and custom-designed gravy wells.
Waffling your leftover mashed potatoes gives them a second life that may be even better than their first. The waffle iron crisps the ridges of the potatoes and leaves divots for gravy or other sauces to pool.
I don't think Thanksgiving salads should be an afterthought, but it's just as important not to let them stress you out. Here's a fancy salad made with roasted brassicas, potatoes, radishes, and sunchokes plus crisp frisee and radicchio that can be made in advance with no loss in quality. Plus, it hardly wilts once dressed!
A fancy Thanksgiving salad that won't add to your holiday stress. Made with roasted brassicas, potatoes, radishes, and sunchokes plus frisee and radicchio, this dish can be prepped ahead with no loss in quality. Plus, it hardly wilts once dressed!
This fast food take on Kenji's Hasselback potato gratin layers McDonald's hashbrowns in a rich, cheesy sauce--a combination of heavy cream with Gruyère and Parmesan, seasoned with raw garlic, thyme, and a hefty dose of black pepper. It's the perfect bath for the already-fatty potatoes to soak in as their tops crisp up in the oven.
Simmering potatoes in heavily salted water until the water runs completely dry gives them extremely fragile, wrinkled skins that crisp up when subsequently roasted in a hot oven. The result: extra-crispy new potatoes with a buttery, herb-flecked crust.
Simmering potatoes in heavily salted water until the water runs completely dry imparts them with a crystallized salt crust. This is the potato recipe for the salt-lover.
Simmering potatoes in heavily salted water until the water runs completely dry gives them extremely fragile, wrinkled skins that crisp up when subsequently roasted in a hot oven. The result: extra-crispy new potatoes with buttery, herb-flecked crusts.
Potatoes have long been a Thanksgiving dinner staple. Hearty, simple, and yet tremendously satisfying, your decision is not whether to serve them, but how and how much (hint: a LOT.) Click on for 13 tried-and-true variations for you (be they fried, mashed, or roasted.)
There's no need to fuss with mashed potatoes right before serving Thanksgiving dinner: there are several ways to make them ahead and have them come out just as delicious. Here are three of them, including an oven method, a stovetop method, and a sous-vide method.
Mashed potatoes don't generally reheat well, but with the help of sour cream, this mashed potato casserole can be made days in advance and reheated with no loss in quality. A crispy topping of panko bread crumbs, bacon, cheddar cheese, and scallions adds crunch and the flavor of fully loaded baked potatoes.
While a simple roast chicken is swell, and fall vegetables are pretty much made for roasting, wouldn't it be nice if there were a recipe that delivered a roast chicken with supremely crisp, crackling skin and juicy meat along with tender, charred roasted vegetables—all in one go? That's precisely what this recipe does, and it gets you a pitcher full of bright, rich gravy to boot.
This one-skillet chicken dish starts with thighs that are seared in the pan for super crispy skin and then get finished in the oven with a flavorful cooking liquid seasoned with saffron and lemon. Red potatoes are cooked alongside the chicken so that they soak up the lemon-saffron juice and soften.