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Best Latkes Ever
As we head into the second night of Hanukkah, Jamie Geller, author of "The Joy of Kosher," joins Megyn Kelly TODAY to demonstrate how to make a delicious holiday treat: latkes. Among her "next-level" latkes: a Reuben latke and even a breakfast lat
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These latkes are great as is. But, corn meal is a great substitute for matzoh meal and will also make your latkes gluten-free and nice and crispy.


    • 4 medium Idaho potatoes
    • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, such as Colavita
    • 3 eggs, beaten
    • 3 tablespoons matzoh meal
    • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper
    • Applesauce or sour cream (optional)
  • Baked No-Sugar Applesauce

    • 6 gala apples, peeled and cored
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/2 cup water



1. Prepare a large bowl filled with cold water.

2. Peel potatoes, and as you finish each, place in cold water to prevent browning.

3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

4. Cut potatoes lengthwise into halves or quarters so they fit into food processor feed tube. Process potatoes using the blade that creates thin, shoestring-like strips and transfer to a large bowl.

5. Add eggs, matzoh meal, salt and pepper and mix well.

6. Drop 6 to 8 spoonfuls of mixture into hot oil. Using the back of a spoon, pat down each latke to flatten it. Put as many as you can in the skillet without crowding. Putting them too close together will make them soggy.

7. Fry 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden and crisp around the edges; repeat procedure until finished with all the batter.

8. Blot excess oil with paper towels.

9. Serve warm with applesauce or sour cream, if desired.

For the applesauce: 

1. Preheat oven to 325 degree F.

2. Grate apple on medium side of box grater. Mix with cinnamon and nutmeg.

3. Place with water in a 9 x 13 baking pan.

4. Bake at 325 degree F for 20 minute stirring halfway. Serve warm cold or at room temperature.

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