Tonight was the fifth night of chanukah. Which means that if you are partying hard in true hanukkah fashion, you have had a lot of latkes by now. Are you bored of the typical? I am. I know that the world is full of people making latkes with all kinds of interesting vegetables, spices and sauces. But I decided to go a different direction, because I care
more than I should about aesthetics. Which is how this idea was born. Let’s make a pretty latke, I thought to myself. So I bought some purple potatoes.
I posted a picture on instagram of my latkes frying, and they were totally beautiful:
You can’t see it clearly, but the purple potatoes and flecks of green courtesy of the scallions really are eye-catching.
I got a lot of skeptical questions on the picture. People wanted to know if they would keep their beautiful color.
The answer? Yes and no. The potatoes did lose some of their vibrant purple color, but they still looked far prettier and way different than any ordinary potato latke. And more than that, purple potatoes have a different taste and texture than ordinary ones, making these beauties all around unique, fun and delicious.
If you are experiencing latke boredom try these!
Purple Potato Latkes
(approximately) 1 lb small purple potatoes, scrubbed and unpeeled
3 scallions, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Olive oil, for frying
Grate the potatoes on the large side of the grater, and drain completely. (Excess water will prevent your latkes from getting crispy, so really squeeze them well!)
Heat olive oil in a frying pan on medium heat.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the grated potatoes, scallions, eggs and spices until combine. Form a small patty of the mixture and place in the hot oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides.
Hope everyone’s chanukah is going great! Mine sure is! Did you all check out my fabulous giveaway (plus the best dessert…ever) earlier this week? I am giving away SIX cookbooks! -Miriam