I was delighted when chef Kevin Johnson and owner Jay Savulich of Grange Hall restaurant offered me this recipe because in my Jewish heritage, potato latkes are an important part of the Hanukkah celebration. This version updates the traditional pancakes with the addition of another root vegetable, sweet red beets.
- 1 large (8 ounce) baking potato (such as Caribe), peeled and coarsely grated
- 2 medium (4 ounces) red beets, peeled and coarsely grated
- 1 small yellow onion, coarsely grated
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup sour cream or yogurt, for garnish
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill, for garnish (do not use dried dill)
In a bowl, stir together the potato, beets, onion, eggs, flour, salt, and pepper to taste.
Heat 1/4 cup of the canola oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 4 heaping tablespoons of batter to the pan to form 4 pancakes; flatten slightly. Cook about 5 minute, turning once, until golden brown on both sides. Keep warm on a rack set over a baking sheet in a low oven. Repeat with the remaining potato mixture and 1 1/3 tablespoons of oil.
Top each pancake with a teaspoon of sour cream or yogurt and sprinkle with fresh dill. Serve at once.