I always loved Latkes... my family just called them potato pancakes. When I was a kid, we had them every Friday night. We ate potato pancakes hot out of the frying pan topped with a big dollop of creamy cottage cheese, You see, my Dad’s side of the family came from Lithuania in Eastern Europe and this was the food my grandmother made. My Dad loved them.
This year, when I asked my brother what he wanted me to bring for Thanksgiving, he said, “Appetizers!” . I thought long and hard about what I wanted to make and finally came up with the perfect thing. Since Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same day this year, I thought latkes or potato pancakes, would be the perfect appetizer to celebrate the double holiday.
On Thanksgiving day, as I slide those crispy, golden potato pancakes out of the pan and onto the platter and top them with a spoonful of crème fraiche and a thin slice of smoked salmon, I’ll think of you Dad and give thanks to the wonderful family I grew up with.
Here's my recipe. Hope you enjoy these as much as I do:
3 whole large eggs, whisked together
1/3 cup beer
¼ onion, finely diced
½ cup all purpose flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ cup canola oil
Smoked salmon 6 ounces, thinly sliced
Serves 8 to 10
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah!