Sunday, December 13, 2009

It Takes Two To Make Latkes!

I’ve had my Cuisinart Food Processor for about 25 years.

Tonight, I forgot how to use it.

There I was, with a pile of potatoes and some onions, all ready to whir and grate and I could not for the life of me assemble the darn thing. For twenty-five years I have been hauling it out for big tasks like coleslaw, latkes, pesto and so on. Tonight, I had to call in Chuck who rescued me. I had the lid on backwards. Even when he got it turned around and working correctly, it still looked backwards to me!

There are some tasks for which my venerable DLC-7 Super Pro (It looks a lot like this one.) is absolutely perfect. Grating the potatoes and onions for latkes is an excellent example. Hand grating would take ages and a couple of knuckles. Using a mandolin or V-slicer would also be time consuming and finger tip endangering. But the Cuisinart makes the job swift and painless.

So with my Cuisinart finished whirring and the The Barry Sisters rocking out “Their Greatest Yiddish Hits” via the iPod, I made the latkes. I still use a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and canola oil to fry them. Once both sides are brown and crispy I transfer them to parchment covered cookie sheets and put them in a 350 degree F oven to let them finish. Chuck pronounced them delish - I could not disagree!

This photo from my 2006 post shows the same pan I used tonight, but on our old stove. And tonight’s latkes were just a teensy bit smaller.


dancingmorganmouse said...

Is THAT how you do it, finishing in the oven? I can never get them cooked enough inside without burning the outside. I may make some tonight, if it stays cool and rains!

Sue said...

Crying and now hungry... Seriously, when are you inviting us for dinner?? Or coming to cook in my kitchen? YUMMMM - that looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

yummy looks good..! That's my next cooking purchase is a cuisinart CC

Pink Granite said...

Hi DMM -
Yup. It works like a charm. The outside gets brown and crispy while the inside is creamy but still has a grated potato texture (not like a mashed potato). Plus, you don't need to use as much oil in the pan, because you're browning them.
- Lee

Hi Sue -
Oh no! What have I done? ;o)
They are so yummy - and, once you can get the Cuisinart whirring, very easy to prepare!
That's what we need - an international blog meet-up and cooking marathon!
- Lee

Hi Carrie -
They are tasty!
My old Cuisinart is a workhorse, but I have never used it as frequently as I expected to when I bought it about a quarter century ago (Heavens I am old!).
But for certain big, repetitive tasks I wouldn't want to be without it.
The same goes for my KitchenAid stand mixer.
- Lee

Irene said...

Yum! I need to make some...

barbie2be said...

one of the best things about my sister now being jewish is that i get to make latkes and blintz's!