“On Hanukkah, the Latke Road Less Traveled” via The New York Times
3 large baking potatoes (2 to 2 1/2 pounds)
1 cup minced shallots
½ cup coconut or vegetable oil
¼ cup freshly chopped dill
¼ cup freshly chopped parsley
1 large egg
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
1 cup panko bread crumbs, more as needed
- Heat oven to 400 degrees, pierce potatoes with a fork and place directly on rack. Bake for 1 hour or until a knife easily pierces potatoes. Meanwhile, sauté shallots in 1 tablespoon or so of coconut oil until tender. Add dill and parsley and set aside.
- Peel potatoes, cut in several pieces and put in a medium bowl; use a potato masher or ricer to break them up. Mix in egg, shallots and herbs, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for 2 hours or up to overnight.
- Taking about 1/2 cup of filling at a time, form 10 patties about 1/4-inch thick and 3 inches in diameter. Pour bread crumbs into a wide bowl or plate, and coat the latkes in the crumbs on both sides.
- Heat a nonstick frying pan and add a thin film of oil, about 1/8-inch deep. When hot, slide in pancakes and cook over medium heat for about 3 to 5 minutes on one side, pressing down to gently flatten. Flip latkes and cook for 3 to 5 more minutes, or until crisp and deeply golden. You can make them in advance, placing parchment paper between each layer of patties and reheating in a 350-degree oven for about 10 minutes or until heated through.