My husband has always had a mild obsession with trying to make potato pancakes at home. He did it once with a sweet potato a couple of years ago but it just wasn’t right. (Odds are there was still too much moisture in the potato.)
So when the December issue of Food Network magazine arrived with a page on “Mix-and-Match Latkes” it was immediately added to the menu. I looked at the “recipe” and decided on a Mexican Monday themed latke (because Mexican is always welcome in our house and I usually have all the ingredients I need).
We were beyond impressed with how our recipe turned out! Stuart squeezed the liquid out of the potatoes and onions and he must’ve done a perfect job, because there wasn’t any splattering when I added the latkes to the oil (aka no water!) and they held together wonderfully. These latkes were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
To make the latkes our main meal I topped them with chorizo, sour cream, and cheese. I realized when I pulled out the camera that I didn’t have any greanery – I’d be “chopped” for my plating for sure! And while eating dinner I realized that chorizo is a pork product and therefore these latkes were no longer Kosher. Oops. But any taco meat would work – ground or pulled beef, turkey, or chicken.
We will definitely be experimenting with other flavor combinations! A BBQ inspired one is up next.
Mexican Monday Latkes
- 1/2 lb sweet potato, peeled and shredded
- 1/2 lb russet potato, peeled and shredded
- 1/4 of a large sweet onion, grated
- 1 tsp Kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 C diced red bell pepper
- 1/2 C frozen corn, thawed
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/3 C flour
- vegetable oil for frying
- optional toppings: taco meat, shredded cheese, sour cream, scallions, cilantro, salsa, etc
- Place shredded potatoes, onion, salt, and pepper in a clean dish towel. Squeeze until potatoes are dry.
- Put potatoes a large bowl along with the bell pepper, corn, garlic, and cumin. Mix. Add the beaten egg and flour, mixing until combined.
- Form potato mixture into 1/4 C patties and place on a paper towel lined plate. Will make 9-12 latkes.
- Heat 1/4″ vegetable oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Fry latkes 4 minutes on each side. Remove to another paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with a little salt.
- Serve latkes warm with desired toppings.