When I was kid, I would beg my mom to make latkes. I had no idea these fried potato pancakes had anything to do with Hanukkah. I just knew they were delicious! Deep frying foods in oil is a tradition during The Festival of Lights, but latkes can be enjoyed year round in so many mouthwatering ways - as a base for a perfectly fried egg at breakfast to a side with dinner or as a versatile passed party food. This recipe was passed down through generations to Alonna, one of my editors. While the traditional accompaniments are applesauce and sour cream, I added a modern twist with three new topping ideas.
Super-honored to be a part of the LA Times Festival of books this weekend. If you're in SoCal, stop by my presentation on Sunday (4/23) at 11 am. Info at www.latimes.com/festivalofbooks for exact location. (It's on the USC campus.) #free #ihateveryoneexceptyou #bookfest