Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Sour Cream Peeps on Latke Surfboards

These latkes came out pretty good, even if I suspect the baking powder is out of date. I bake so rarely that every time I need baking powder, it's expired.
We found a good Nova from Brooklyn, oily and smooth and naturally cold smoked. I grated an adequate amount of onion (read "just a tetch too much"). Had to use a whole egg, because I was reducing the recipe. Should have thrown part of it out, since it just pooled in the mixing bowl.
The oil was perfectly heated (and, people, why do latke recipes call for so much oil? I know, it's symbolic, but yechh). No burning occurred, and the potato cakes were thin enough to cook all the way through by the time the outsides were golden brown.
Sour cream Peeps were the crowning touch.
Cowabunga!

15 comments:

Zoomie said...

Happy Hanukah!

kudzu said...

Chappy Channukah!

Hope we all get lots of gelt.

Cute Banana said...

I'm an oven-fry girl on these guys, it makes much less mess, smell, heart disease, etc. Your accessories sound deeevine! I'mma bust out with summa these guys (http://www.foodrenegade.com/mouthwatering-sweet-potato-latkes/) later in the week, too. Never enough permutations on latke, 'specially when bacon grease is my fry oil...

cookiecrumb said...

Zoomie: Back atcha!

Kudzu: Funny! I want lots of latkes.

Cute Banana: Bacon grease! You apostate! :) I love it.
I've never wanted applesauce on them. Always go for the sour cream and something fishy. Salmon roe is good.
I be go see the sweet potato link, thanks.

Hungry Dog said...

I love the name of the post so much! They really do look like sour cream peeps. And who wouldn't want to ride on a latke surfboard?

cookiecrumb said...

Oh, thank you, Doggie! I should always trust myself to go with the "blurts" in my brain.
I've got the music from Hawaii 5-0 in my ear.

namastenancy said...

I've got a great little Hanukkah video on my website - watch and eat your latkes which sound delicious.

Zoomie said...

Shaming confession: I have never made a latke I would eat. Mine are always nasty-greasy, so I have given up.

cookiecrumb said...

Nancy: Thanks, I'll go check it out.

Zoomie: I don't know why I get so lucky. The first time I made them they came out so perfect I told Cranky to call me Devorah. My only suggestion is use less oil and make sure it's hot... but you've given up. xo

Greg said...

Happy happy sour cream peeps. Mmmmm!

cookiecrumb said...

Greg: Cranky actually put too much sour cream on his latkes and had to scrape some off.

Zoomie said...

I got my latkes today - at Max's in Corte Madera! Perfect - crisp, not oily. Happy Hanukkah!

cookiecrumb said...

Zoomie: How fortunate. I've never been to Max's. You liked 'em, eh?

eatclosetohome said...

1/4 tsp baking soda + 1 tsp acid (vinegar, lemon juice) = 1 tsp baking powder

Effective. Never goes flat. So cheap.

cookiecrumb said...

Eat: I'm writing this down! Thank you! Was I shouting?