Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Last Friday when I dropped Amira off at school, I asked her teacher if she needed any assitance later that afternoon and she said, "sure". As a side note, part of Amira's attendance to this school parents are required to "volunteer" 20 hours per school year per child attending.

So thinking perhaps I'd be reading to the kids or helping with coloring assignments or something relatively simple, I was shockingly surprised when the teacher informed me that I'd be assisting the kids with making Latkes as one of their job assignments. Eeeeeeeeeeck! What the heck is Latke? Once I figured out what they were and how to prepare them, the kids and I had a great time preparing them. It's so fun to watch these kids grate potatoes, measure ingredients, mix ingredients and cleanup after all is said and done.
Part of their education is learning about different cultures and how they celebrate various holidays.

1 pound potatoes
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil
Accompaniments: sour cream and applesauce

Preheat oven to 250°F.

Peel potatoes and coarsely grate by hand, transferring to a large bowl of cold water as grated. Soak potatoes 1 to 2 minutes after last batch is added to water, then drain well in a colander.

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Take mixed ingredients and shape into the size of pancakes, then add to a heated 12-inch nonstick skillet with 1/4 cup oil on moderately high temperature and heat until hot but not smoking. Reduce heat to moderate and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes. Turn latkes over and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to paper towels to drain and season with salt. Add more oil to skillet as needed. Keep latkes warm on a wire rack set in a shallow baking pan in oven.

Serve immediately with or without sour cream or applesauce.


enlightened spirit said...

looks delicious, besides it is simple and fast to prepare ... I used to cook a similar dish but without the onion, I should try this one.

my kisses for Amira :)

Benghazi Citizen said...

Happy Eid for you and your family..
well well,,,it sure does look delicious ,,,and right now i'm starving...sigh...But i'm at work ,so no decent meal for tonight..lol
best regards
bless u and amira and all ur family

dusk till dawn said...

salam ibee

Happy Eid to u and Amira
as they said u can not beat a cooking experience mother, but u can show her off , thats axcactly what Amira had in mind early ha ha ha , the food looks so yummy ,well job done ,i like the way its all made of vedetarian less headache,

Mixed Up Me said...

Fun!! They actually look really good! I always loved cooking with my students.

Miss you !!!!

on the edge said...

God I haven't had some in a long time . The kids and I used to make them every once in a while . Yummy ! Think we will have them for breakfast tomorrow ! They go great with Blinis . Suggest that to the teacher , Blini's . The kids will love them!How did the kids like the Latkes ?