Hanukkah Recipes: Latkes, Wings and Doughnuts

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Latkes. Credit: Pixabay.

Everyone loves potato latkes but no one likes the mess of frying them or the guilt associated with eating them. Try this baked version

By: Paula Shoyer

Paula Shoyer’s Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook was a near-instant success. It offers 46 kosher-for-Passover recipes that can be used for other holidays as well, from soups and salads to appetizers, sides to main courses and desserts—a number of which are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free—this is the time to pull out that Instant Pot you received as a gift and were afraid to use.

A pastry chef who trained in France, Shoyer is the author of The Kosher Baker, The Holiday Kosher Baker, The Healthy Jewish Kitchen and The New Passover Menu.

The latke recipe is just right for Hanukkah with the applesauce offering that last wisp of fall. The wings are a warm accompaniment, topped off by more fall flavor with the pumpkin doughnuts, a nod to oil-reminiscent foods for the holiday. Both come from Shoyer’s prior collections.

Pumpkin Doughnuts. Credit: Courtesy of Paula Shyer/Reprinted with permission from “The Holiday Kosher Baker.”

Put them together, with a favorite salad on the side, to create a tapas-oriented lighter meal.

Potato and Scallion Latkes With Pickled Applesauce (Pareve)

Potato and Scallion Latkes With Pickled Applesauce. Photo by Bill Milne.

Everyone loves potato latkes but no one likes the mess of frying them or the guilt associated with eating them. These latkes are baked in the oven and easily won over my kids. You do need to watch them so they do not burn; they were done at different times in different ovens.

The Pickled Applesauce is a tangy accompaniment.

Latkes

  • 2 tablespoons sunflower or safflower oil, or more if needed
  • ½ medium onion, quartered
  • 3 scallions, ends trimmed, cut into thin slices or chopped into small pieces
  • 3 medium potatoes (about 1½ pounds), scrubbed clean and unpeeled
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons potato starch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Pickled Applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon sunflower or safflower oil
  • ⅓ cup red onions, chopped into ¼-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 2 apples, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • pinch black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

When the oven is hot, pour 2 tablespoons of oil onto 2 jelly-roll pans and turn them in every direction so that the oil coats the pans. Heat the pans in the oven for 5 minutes.

Place the onions and scallions in the bowl of a food processor and chop them into small pieces. Place them in a medium bowl.

Shred the potatoes by hand on the large holes of a box grater or in a food processor with the shredding blade and place in the bowl. Add the lemon juice, eggs, baking powder, potato starch, salt and pepper; mix well.

Very carefully (I mean, really carefully; move very slowly) remove one of the pans and use your hands or a spoon to scoop up and drop clumps of the potato mixture, a little less than ¼ cup, onto the pan. I use my hands. Press the mixture down to flatten it a little.

Place the pan in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, and immediately remove the second oiled pan.

Repeat the same process with the remaining potato mixture and bake the second pan of latkes for 10 to 12 minutes. Bake them until the edges are well browned, and then with a slotted spatula turn them over and cook the latkes for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until the bottoms are browned.

May be made 2 days in advance and reheated in the oven.

To make the applesauce: Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook them for 3 minutes, until they soften. Add the vinegar and brown sugar, and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the apples, coriander, ginger, cinnamon stick, salt and pepper, and cook, covered, on low heat for 15 minutes, or until the apples are soft. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes and then purée it, using an immersion blender or a food processor. May be made 4 days in advance, and served warm or cold.

Two Fuji apples. Credit: Scott Bauer via Wikimedia Commons.

Serves 6.

Everything Bagel BBQ Chicken Wings (Meat)

Everything BBQ Bagel Chicken Wings. Credit: Courtesy of Paula Shyer/Reprinted with permission from “The Holiday Kosher Baker.”

Years ago, I tested recipes for two of Susie Fishbein’s cookbooks and learned that the best way to make chicken wings was to boil them first and then bake them. The instant pot recipe makes the process faster.

Time to pressure: 15 to 17 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes, plus broil for 10 minutes

Button to use: Pressure Cook

Release type: Quick Release

Advance prep: May be made two days in advance

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 to 4 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce of choice
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 to 3½ tablespoons Everything Bagel spice, divided

Directions:

Place the water into the inner pot and add the steam rack. Pile the wings on top.

Secure the lid, ensuring that the steam release handle is in the Sealing position. Press the Pressure Cook button and set the cooking time for 5 minutes.

When the cooking time is complete, turn the steam release handle to the Venting position to quickly release the pressure. Preheat the oven to broil. Press Cancel and open the lid.

Remove the wings to a baking pan.

Pour the barbecue sauce and pepper on top and toss to coat. Sprinkle half of the Everything Bagel spice on top.

Place the pan into the oven on a rack in the top third of the oven, but not on the oven rack closest to the heat. Broil for 5 minutes.

Turn the wings over, and add the remaining Everything Bagel spice and broil for another 5 minutes, or longer until desired browning.

Serves 6.

            (www.JNS.org)

©Paula Shoyer, reprinted with permission from “The Holiday Kosher Baker” (Sterling 2013).

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