My family and me have been sick for the past few days. It started with me, went on to my husband, and now my two daughters are the latest victims of this bug. I’ve been sick for about a week now, and although I feel better, i’m just not 100% yet. For that reason, my brain tends to crave carbs. Hooray for carbs! I don’t know why but they make me feel better. I know I should have chicken soup, but I just don’t want it. I want something comforting, and quick. With chicken soup, although I can throw everything in the pot, requires diving in the fridge for veggies, and prepping the chicken, and then waiting. Ugh, the waiting… can you tell that my patience is limited? I blame the sickness.
So what’s a cranky girl to do? Make potato pancakes, of course. Carbs… check, spicy… check, quick… check. I can feel my happiness coming back already. I love making these little bites of happiness for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It really goes well at any time of the day. They are quick, and spicy because, you know, I wouldn’t be me without some spice. I served them with a fried egg, because fried eggs make everything better. :)
1 large baking potato, peeled
1/2 of a small onion, peeled
1/2 a large jalapeño pepper, diced
1t baking powder
3/4t kosher salt
1/4t black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
oil for frying
fried eggs to serve
Using a box grater, grate the onion and potato. Transfer the shredded mixture and diced jalapeño to a cheese cloth and squeeze out as much water as possible. I must warn you, the onion juice makes me cry a bit while draining.
In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking power, salt, pepper, and eggs together. Stir in the potato mixture until all pieces are evenly coated.
In small a small skillet heat two tablespoons of oil. Drop a quarter of the mixture into the skillet and flatten with the back of the spatula to the desired diameter of the potato cake. Cook on medium-high heat until the edges are golden brown. Flip the cake and cook on the other side until the edges are golden as well.
Repeat the process with the remaining mixture working in batches, add more oil as needed. Transfer latkes to a dish and prepare your fried eggs.
*Note: You can keep latkes warm in the oven at 250 degrees, on a parchment lined baking sheet.