Giant Skillet Latke

November 23, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: When I decided to develop a single, giant skillet latke recipe—goodbye, oil splatters and spending the entire night at the stovetop!—I knew I had to start with that of David Firestone, aka The Latke King. After I told him I'd be doing so, he responded that if my end result's any good, I just might score an invitation to a future latke party. Well, David, what's your verdict? (I'll bring wine.) Ella Quittner

Food52 Review: Featured in: A Giant Skillet Latke to Win ’Em All:The Editors

Makes: 1 10-inch latke
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds Russet potatoes, unpeeled and scrubbed, grated using the disk of a food processor
  • 2 medium shallots, peeled and finely blitzed in the food processor
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup (scant) matzo meal or very finely ground matzo
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions, chives, and parsley, plus extra chopped chives for garnish
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or enough to cover the bottom of your skillet comfortably), plus a little extra for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, for serving (or use whatever you like to top)
  • 1/3 cup sour cream, for serving (or use whatever you like to top)
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Place the grated potato and shallot in a colander over a large bowl. Mix it all around with your ands and squeeze as hard as you possibly can so that any extra moisture leaves the potatoes and onions and drips through to the bowl. When you think you’re done, squeeze some more. Toss the liquid that makes it into the bowl, but don’t rinse the bowl out—you want to retain the gluey starch clinging to its bottom.
  2. Add the potato and shallot mixture to the bowl. Mix in the egg, matzo meal, chopped herbs, kosher salt, and pepper. Make sure the various components are thoroughly combined. Let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat your oven to 475°F.
  3. Heat olive oil in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over a medium-high flame, until it’s hot enough that if you drop a little pinch of the potato mixture in as a test, it immediately starts to happily sizzle. Add the latke mixture to the skillet and pat it firmly into a single even layer no more than 1/3-inch thick. Don’t try to get the sides too smooth—it’s a latke! The edges are supposed to be frizzy. Drizzle the top with a little extra oil (about 2 tablespoons), and transfer to the oven.
  4. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until the top is starting to brown and the sides are crisp. Then, turn on your broiler. Broil the latke for 3 to 4 minutes until the top is golden brown and crispy. Check on it regularly during this time to prevent it from staying in too long and burning. Remove from under the broiler and let cool a few minutes. Serve straight out of the skillet or by sliding the giant latke onto a serving platter. (Just be careful, the pan is hot!) Top with sour cream and applesauce mounded in the center, with finely chopped chives sprinkled over the whole thing.

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Reviews (7) Questions (0)

7 Reviews

bookjunky November 29, 2018
My husband says “one? That’s not enough.”
 
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Ella Q. November 29, 2018
I have made a double batch with two skillets concurrently before, when feeding a bigger group. (Exactly double proportions.)
 
Eric K. November 27, 2018
Ugh. This was so insanely delicious. Thanks for the recipe, Ella-
 
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Ella Q. November 28, 2018
Thanks Eric!!!
 
Nancy November 27, 2018
Ella- this looks intriguing...like the Dutch Baby of latkes! Also, I note that you skirt the perennial argument/split in families by showing both applesauce and sour cream as garnishes. Last, I'm interested in playing with some of the other root veg here... did you try or think of parsnip, sweet potato etc?
 
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Ella Q. November 27, 2018
Thank you Nancy! That sounds so delicious. I have thought about variations, but haven't tested through them quite yet—would love to hear how it goes if you swap in any other root vegetables.
 
Nancy December 7, 2018
Ella - made this with half sweet potato and half regular (wanted the starch from the regular) and it tasted delicious. I will try parsnips in the mix another time. Nice technique...much less work and splatter!