While we aren’t Jewish, my family loves latkes. We enjoy them so much that we bought a potato ricer which is essential to getting crispy latkes. We also use a Cuisinart to shred potatoes because it makes life much easier. We sometimes double the recipe; leftovers aren’t as good as fresh, but if you warm them up in a toaster oven or oven rather than a microwave, they’re still pretty good.
Latkes are a lot of work, so we save them for special events like Christmas and Easter. My argument is that Jesus was Jewish, so we’re just celebrating his heritage. Granted, Jesus probably never ate a potato in his entire life, but still, it’s the thought that counts.
Gluten Free Latkes
Yield About 2 dozen
Time 60 minutes
4 large Russet potatoes (about 2 pounds), peeled and rinsed
1 large white or yellow onion, minced
3 large eggs
1/3 cup millet flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup brown rice flour
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Safflower, canola or other oil, for frying
Using a food processor with a coarse grating disc, grate the potatoes.
Using a potato ricer, squeeze the grated potatoes over the sink to release all liquids. Do the same with the minced onions. Put drained potatoes and onions in a large bowl with a dry towel to help absorb any other liquid.
Remove the towel, and place the onions and potatoes into the bowl. Add the eggs, millet flour, rice flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder and pepper, and mix until it is well-blended.
In a medium pan over medium heat, pour in about 1/4 inch of the oil. Once the oil is hot (a drop of batter placed in the pan should sizzle), use a slotted spoon to drop 3” very loose balls of the mixture into the oil, cooking in batches. When the edges of the latkes are brown and crispy, about 3-5 minutes, flip. Cook until the second side is deeply browned, about another 3-5 minutes. Transfer the latkes to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more oil to the pan as necessary.