Spanolatkes

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
40 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
about 12 latkes
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for frying
  • 3 ounces spinach, stems removed, chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 2 leeks, white parts only, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 pound russet potatoes
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Tzatziki, for serving (optional)
Directions

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a colander set in a large bowl; refrigerate until cold, about 15 minutes. Squeeze out any excess moisture; set the spinach aside.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the leeks, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Add the scallions and cook 3 to 4 more minutes. Let cool.

Peel the potatoes and grate on the large holes of a box grater. Transfer to a clean kitchen towel, gather into a pouch and twist closed, then squeeze over the sink to remove as much liquid as possible. Transfer to a large bowl; add the leek-scallion mixture, spinach, eggs, flour, dill, feta, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and mix with your hands until combined.

Heat 1/2 inch vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F. Working in batches, scoop about 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture into the pan for each latke and flatten with a spatula; fry until golden brown and cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. (Return the oil to 350 degrees F between batches.) Serve with tzatziki.

Photograph by Con Poulos


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