‘Tis the season – latke season! We’re frying up these addictive crispy snacks the CAVA way – with an extra dose of spice. And don’t worry, this recipe’s been tested and approved by at least one member of our content team’s esteemed Jewish grandmothers.
5 pounds potatoes, grated
1 1/2 yellow onion, grated
3 eggs, whisked
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon CAVA Harissa
2 Tablespoons flour, plus more as needed
1 bundle scallions
CAVA Tzatziki for serving
Grate potatoes and onions using a box grater or your food processor. Strain potatoes and onion in a fine sieve to remove as much excess water as possible – we recommend using a spoon to press down on the potato mixture as you’re straining it to extract extra water.
Place drained potato and onion mixture in a bowl. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk the eggs and then pour into the larger bowl with the potatoes and onion. Add salt and pepper to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1 teaspoon salt should do the trick). Stir in 1 tablespoon Harissa, or a little more if you like spice.
Next, add 2 tablespoons of flour and stir together. Continue adding additional tablespoons of flour one at a time until the mixture is just dry enough to form into cakes.
Form palmfuls of mixture into flat cakes (about 1/2 cup of batter per latke) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle each latke with a light powdering of flour. This will help give the latkes a little extra crunch.
Fill a large deep sauté pan with canola oil or another low-smoke flavorless oil. Bring oil to a rolling simmer over medium-high heat. You can drop a small amount of batter into the oil to check that it’s hot enough before beginning to fry your latkes.
When oil has reached a simmer, carefully drop latkes into the oil, frying about 3 at a time depending on the size of your pan. Allow latkes to fry for 5 to 6 minutes, until golden brown on the outside and cooked through. Watch carefully to make sure the latkes don’t burn.
Remove the latkes from the oil and place on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Cover the finished latkes with a dish towel to keep them warm as you’re working.
When you’ve finished all the latkes, serve with a dollop of CAVA Tzatziki and a sprinkle of fresh chopped scallions. Add a few drops of hot sauce if desired.
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