Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Gluten-Free Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

Ah yes, the obligatory latke post. This is more or less my family potato latke recipe, but made with a gluten-free flour mix instead of matzo meal. The rice flour mix works wonderfully. We gobbled them up so fast last night that by the time my friend Poet With a Day Job reminded me to take photographs there were only three sad, cold latkes left. I was in such a food coma I slapped them on a paper plate, gussied them up with some sour cream and cranberry applesauce, and took a lazy, crappy photograph. Sorry folks, you're just going to have to take my word for it that these puppies are some top of the line latke specimens.

It made my day yesterday to be able to hook two other gluten-free friends up with latkes and sufganiyot. Chanukah is so much more full of naches* when you don't have to worry about getting glutened.

*Yiddish for "joy"


4 pounds Russet potatoes
1 large onion, peeled
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon ground white pepper
1 cup Rice Flour Mix
3 eggs, beaten
Olive oil for frying

Preheat oven to 200 degrees or "warm" setting.

Peel potatoes and submerge in cold water. Grate the onion into a large bowl. Grate the potatoes using the larger grate of a box grater, or use the grater attachment of a food processor.

Quickly squeeze a handful of grated potatoes at a time over a second bowl (or the kitchen sink) to remove all liquid. Add the dry potatoes to the onions and mix as you go. This step should be done as quickly as possible to prevent oxidation of the potatoes.

Heat 1/4 inch of olive oil in a large, heavy skillet (cast iron works best) over medium-high heat, until just below the smoking point.

Add remaining ingredients to the batter, and stir until fully combined. Place a small handful of batter (approximately 1/4 cup) in the hot oil at a time, gently pressing each latke with the back of the spatula so that it is no more than 1/3" thick. Do not press too hard, as the latkes will be more crispy if the the batter is not densely packed and each latke is thin and lacy (space in between the pieces of potato). Fry until completely golden-brown on the bottom and crispy around the outside corners. Flip and brown on the second side.

Transfer latkes to a plate lined with paper towels or several layers of brown paper (I use grocery bags). Allow paper to absorb excess oil, then transfer latkes to a cooling rack placed over a baking sheet in the preheated oven, where they will stay warm until ready to serve. Serve hot, with sour cream and applesauce.

Extra latkes can be frozen on a baking sheet in the refrigerator, with parchment paper or freezer paper between the layers. When frozen, transfer to ziploc bags. Reheat in oven on 400 degrees F.

Makes 6-8 servings.


Unknown said...

Yum! I was there for this photo!

ByTheBay said...

Next time I will make you pose with the latkes!

Mike Eberhart said...

Another wonderful looking recipe. I just wish I could go to a corner diner and order all these GF foods you make. Keep up the wonderful baking!

The Lone Beader® said...

I love potato pancakes:)

cookiecrumb said...

OK, I just learned a couple of new tricks. I didn't rinse my taters, and (ew) I forgot to even drain them of their own juice.
And, Not To Press Too Hard. Good advice.

ByTheBay said...

Mike - Thanks for all the kind and supportive words :)

Lone Beader - Me, too!

Cookiecrumb - It's not so much about the rinsing as keeping them submerged in water so that they don't turn brown. Draining them of their own juice is critical so that they're not too goopy. They will stay together better and fry better that way. I know some people prefer to press the batter together really hard so that the pancake is denser, but that way the inside is like mashed potatoes while I prefer the whole thing be pretty crisp. There are as many ways to prepare Latkes as there are Jewish cooks!

Anonymous said...

This picture makes me want to CRY because can't eat any more of your fantabulous latkes!!! BOO-HOO!!!

They were EXCELLENT and i miss them so...

ByTheBay said...

Leah - I am going to make more tonight I think. If I have the energy. I might even make some with cauliflower and celery root - Don't tell my grandma! She'd think it was shonde!

polarchip said...

Thanks for the latke-stick-together tip (on Gili's blog)! Love your blog, BTW. Really impressive- are you a professional cook-book author or something?

I know one other person with celiac and he's vegan on top of that! I will definitely point him towards your blog. Everything looks delish! Great photography.

ByTheBay said...

Thank you Polarchip! I am neither a professional cook nor a cookbook author (though I was a prep-cook previously). There is a great e-mail list called VegetarianGF for vegetarians who are gluten-free:

Let your friend know about it!

I'm not vegetarian but because I'm more or less kosher I cook mostly vegetarian because it's easier and cheaper

Sarah Ivy said...

I tried your recipe the other night and it was delicious! I am new to cooking gluten-free things for myself, even though I have been gluten-free for a few years, so this was a great start. I am so glad I found your site!

Melissa said...

Second year we've used your recipe. They are delicious! thanks for sharing!

David said...

I teach at a school for kids who have autism. We are studying Hanukkah and I wanted them to experience something authentic. Because their diets are so restrictive, it's hard to find things to make for them. I've never made latkes, so I had a hard time not "sampling" these as I made them. They are that good. I'm sure the kids will enjoy them. Thanks!

David said...

Update: I made about 8 pounds of these, and my students BEGGED for the recipe. Guess I didn't make enough!

Normally my students are picky eaters, but after trying these, nobody complained.


HirokoT said...

I used this recipe two years ago- they were the best latkes I ever made! I had to use onion powder b/c of a guests' intolerance to onion texture or visibility, and it worked out beautifully. Last year I made "regular" latkes and they were not as good. Thank you so much!