Adapted from Epicurious
Celebrate the season of Hanukkah with these delicious potato pancakes. Visit Epicurious web site for an accompanying Creamed Spinach Dip recipe.
1/2 medium onion, peeled
3 large potatoes (about 3 pounds), peeled
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup grating cheese, coarsley grated (about 3 ounces)
3 cloves garlic, minced, then mashed to paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup minced flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
Preheat oven to 200° F. Place two nonstick baking sheets in oven.
Using box grater or food processor fitted with grating disc, coarsely grate onion and place in colander set in sink. Coarsely grate potatoes, add to colander, and set aside to drain.
In large mixing bowl, lightly beat eggs. Whisk in flour, then stir in cheese and garlic.
Press potatoes and onion to extract as much liquid as possible, then add to egg/flour mixture. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Using wooden spoon or hands, mix well, but do not overwork.
In a 12" heavy skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Drop 4 scant 1/4-cup portions of batter into pan and flatten with spatula to form four 3" pancakes. Fry until bottoms are golden-brown, 4 to 5 minutes, then turn over and fry until golden-brown and crisp, an additional 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain; season immediately with salt and pepper. Keep warm on baking sheets in oven while making remaining pancakes.
Using paper towels, carefully wipe out pan. Add 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter and fry 4 more pancakes. Repeat with remaining batter, wiping out pan and adding 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter before each batch. Just before serving, sprinkle with parsley.