12/22/08

Crane Kick Ass Latkes


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Let's talk about the holidays, shall we? Nah, let's not. Let's talk about corny movie cliches. Remember Karate Kid? Okay,picture me as Ralph Macchio but in a chick's body. God, wasn't he cute in his own scrawny way?



...oops, wrong guy, but if you type karate kid in google images this comes up...



that's better...



Now picture the master dojo guy from the Cobra Kai. That is AT&T.

AT&T keeps beatin' me down man. Spotty Internet and cell phone service. I'm ready to do a crane kick or something.



To keep busy and try not to throw my computer and cell phone out the window I made latkes. And they crane kicked butt.



Latkes (potato pancakes): Courtesy of Mrs. The Best Third Grade Teacher Ever!

6 medium potatoes
2 eggs
1 tsp. salt
2 tbs. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 small yellow onion
1 small granny smith apple

Line a colander with paper towels or cheesecloth. Peel and grate potatoes, onion, and apple on a coarse grater. Mix together and place into colander lined with cheesecloth. Let stand for 5 minuets and then squeeze out remaining liquid. Beat eggs lightly; add grated potatoes, onion, and apple and blend well. Add salt, flour, baking powder and mix thoroughly. Pour 1 inch oil into skillet and heat. Drop mix by tablespoons into hot oil. Fry and brown on both sides. Serve hot. Drain off any liquid before frying each cake. Serve with sour cream or apple sauce. Makes 20.



Tasting Notes: Mmmmm. In every recipe I have ever seen it doesn't call for grated apples in the latkes and let me tell you this is what puts these over the top. You really wouldn't know apples were in the latkes if I didn't tell you but you would know there was a little something extra to make them special.

I now have to go kick AT&T's butt. Have a Happy Hanukkah and a Merry Christmas or whatever it is that you celebrate!

20 comments:

Julia said...

Oooh, i love the grated apple. But I notice in your recipe, you're missing a step, "Grate potatoes until you accidentally grate your finger tips and let a few drops of blood fall into the batter." That's what made Bubbie's latkes taste so good! :)

ntsc said...

No I had the best third grade teacher ever, she had been teaching so long a college degree wasn't required when she started.

She was so good that when I got to 4th grade I already knew every thing except Long Division and that teacher let alone, other than Long Division, and let me read.

Lisa said...

Happy Holidays Krysta. Thanks for your freindship, guidance and support over the last year.

I think 2009 is gonna kick some ass!

Peace,
Lisa

KitchenKiki said...

They look amazing, as always. And if you offer some to AT&T, then you may not need to crane kick their ass. Have a very Merry Winter Holiday of your choice and a blessed new year!

SaintTigerlily said...

Happy Holidays Krysta! Perhaps there is a NYC trip in your future for 2009???

Latkes.

I just licked my screen.

Luckily I am on The Boss' computer.

Heh heh.

noble pig said...

Awesome...but seriously isn't this a lovely potato ho thing? Hmmmm? Hmmmm?

Happy holidays to you!

lifeinrecpes said...

Those look perfect! Thanks for the visit so I could find my way to you. Wax on, wax off...

Cheryl said...

Looks delish, I was thinking about making these the other day!

MichelleB said...

These look wonderful! I might have to try them. And yeah, AT&T internet connection sucked - we got rid of it.

melissa said...

I love latkes so, so much. Grated apple is a marvelous idea. No applesauce required.

Seriously, I could eat a whole plate of these, but I've never made them myself. I'm determined to try in the next week!

Oh oh... also, Steve and I just caught The Karate Kid on cable a couple of months ago and watched the whole freakin thing hahahaha. And cried at the end. We're dorks!

"Sweep the leg!"

tamilyn said...

I just happened to stumble across your blog and flying fig newtons, I love it! I am new to blogging and wanted to see what others were doing and yours is the most, umm, honest and hysterical I have found. And hey, there is nothing wrong with 20 degrees below zero with a negative 40 windchill. That is how we Minnesotans stay looking so young-we're freeze dried!

White on Rice Couple said...

ECM - Double crane kick At&t's ass for us. We hate them too. Finally dropped them from home dsl & phone service after 6 months straight of problems and slow ass service. Now that we've switched to cable internet and Vonage phone, we couldn't be happier. At&t said it isn't too late to go back... Um, much slower internet, bad phone service, frustrating customer service and all for at a higher price. Nah we're good. On the other hand, those are some damn tasty potato pancakes. The apple is a sweet touch. Give me some honey & I'm in heaven. Todd.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

YOu have my unmitigated envy. I am a horrible latke maker. The only thing that saves my latkes is that my husband loves potatoes so much that a bad latke doesn't matter to him. I never had a bubbe to teach me the right way to make latkes. My husband's grandmother died many years ago. She was supposedly a kickass cook, but I never met her so she couldn't pass her wisdom on to me. My mother in law is not a cook by her own admission. I'm stuck floundering in the latke kitchen. Oh well. I make many decent variations on mashed potatoes.

Stacey Snacks said...

Those latkes are the best looking latkes I have seen since my grandmother's!

For a SCHIKSA that's pretty damn good!

Happy Merry!
Stace

Dew Drops said...

I made latkes on Christmas Day. It is a tradition here to have them then but I have never added apple to them. Have to try that addition. We really savour them on Xmas day because it had been a whole year since having them. Maybe we should not wait so long!!

Louise at Livin Local said...

Any day is a good day for latkes. And with apple? Brilliant!

That picture of you ready to wail away on AT&T is hilarious! Go get 'em!

Hillary said...

Damn Krysta, nice latkes! :) That's the way I like them.

jennyonthespot said...

Seriously... hilarious! Also, yummy... you fill my soul... laughter and good food *swoon*

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Jewlie said...

LOVED that movie. I used to have that pin-up FROM THAT magazine hanging on my bedroom wall. (Just ask Melissa). I had the biggest girlhood crush of Ralph. He's aged nicely. That movie is STILL good all these years later.

OH Yeah...the Latkes look great too. ;)