Duck Fat Fried Latkes with Apple Lemon Chutney

November 20, 2010
4 Ratings
  • Serves 8 - 10 latkes
Author Notes

When I saw the theme this week I immediately called my mom because Grandma Segal made great latkes and I wanted to know how. Mom gave me the low-down -- potatoes of course which Grandma peeled and I chose not too because I like potato peels, batter made with baking soda only never baking powder, which I followed, fried in chicken fat - I chose to fry in duck fat because you know what's better than stuff fried in duck fat? NOTHING, that's what! Also instead of applesauce I made an apple lemon chutney which sounds like a lot of extra work but TRUST me, it's worth it. And I TOTALLY stole the idea of adding whole sliced lemon from AntoniaJames ... so thanks AJ!! - aargersi —aargersi

Test Kitchen Notes

I have to admit that my motive for testing this recipe was to have a reason to indulge with friends in a pre-birthday celebration of cocktails and nosh. I made the apple lemon chutney earlier in the day and kept it warm on the stove. I found myself stealing tastes while I prepped the other ingredients. After adding only slightly more brown sugar than the recipe indicated, I found the perfect balance of tangy and sweet. Using a grater blade in a food processor to shred the potatoes and onion was a breeze, and literally took less than one minute to complete. My guests loved the finished latkes, with crispy edges and soft centers. One guest commented that the duck fat added a subtle umami taste, and that the chutney turned a humble potato into an elegant dish with beautiful fragrance and complex flavors. Needless to say, we devoured them and followed the author's instructions to drink wine. Ours was a celebratory glass of Prosecco with wild Hibiscus flowers in syrup. Cheers! —SwoonMySpoon

What You'll Need
  • Apple Lemon Chutney
  • 1 medium sweet onion - peeled quartered and sliced thinly (2 C onion)
  • 2 granny smith apples - peeled cored and diced (a heaping 2 C of apple)
  • 1 meyer lemon - quartered and sliced as thinly as you possible can. Remove the seeds.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon whole brown mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seed
  • 1 pinch red chili flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Duck Fat Fried Latkes
  • 1 large russet potato - washed and shredded - 2 1/2 C of potato
  • 1/2 sweet onion shredded - 1/2 c onion
  • 3 green onions - minced - green and pale green only
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 4-5 tablespoons duck fat
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • half a bowl of cold water
  • sour cream
  1. Apple Lemon Chutney
  2. heat the oil in a large saucepan. Toast the spices for just 2-3 minutes until they become quite fragrant.
  3. Add the apple and onion and cook for a few minutes to just sweat them but don't brown them.
  4. Add everything else and simmer the mixture for about 45 minutes until everything is soft and blended. Stir it fairly often and taste after about 15-20 minutes - if you have very tart lemon or apples you may want a bit more sugar.
  1. Duck Fat Fried Latkes
  2. Whisk 1 tbs of salt into a bowl filled halfway with cold water. Get a clean dishtowel out and ready - it will not be clean for long.
  3. Shred the potatoes - I used the grater plate on the food processor. Put them in the bowl of water.
  4. Shred the onion. Squeeze out as much juice as you can. Put it on the towel. Squeeze the water out of the potatoes and put them on the towel too and roll the whole thing up and squeeze or press them to dry.
  5. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the dried potato / onion mixture and the green onions and toss it all together to coat thoroughly. Whisk the eggs together and toss them into the potatoes.
  6. Heat a 2-3 of tbs of duck fat to medium high (depends how big your skillet is) you want a decent coating of duck fat but not swimming. When the fat is hot (use a shred of potato to test) put heaping spoonfuls of the potato mixture in the pan and gently flatten it a bit with a fork. Don't overcrowd them.
  7. Fry them 3-4 minutes until nice and brown and crispy, then flip and repeat. I don't even drain them because first off they don't get greasy and second, well, remember what I said about duck fat?? Repeat with the remaining latkes. If you don't have someone standing over you with an empty plate waiting, you can keep them warm in a low oven for a little bit.
  8. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a dollop of chutney. Drink wine. I am having a falanghina. Enjoy.

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Recipe by: aargersi

Country living, garden to table cooking, recent beek, rescue all of the dogs, #adoptdontshop

9 Reviews

aargersi November 23, 2010
Thanks everyone! AntoniaJames definitly gets some credit for the chutney part - you should make her green tomato chutney too it's awesome! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!
Midge November 22, 2010
These looks so so tasty and that chutney-yum. Always love your headnotes.
WinnieAb November 22, 2010
Ok, these look totally fabulous!
gingerroot November 22, 2010
YUM! With the duck fat and apple lemon chutney, these sound amazing. Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving, aargersi!
drbabs November 21, 2010
This looks so great--it's a wonderful twist on traditional latkes, and I love the idea of making chutney rather than serving with applesauce. Very creative!
arielleclementine November 21, 2010
these look incredible aargersi! duck fat = genius, and i love the chutney and your inclusion of whole mustard seeds! yahoo!
Lizthechef November 20, 2010
I love family roots recipes! I love your recipes, I love you and your incredible spirit that rings true through all your entries - your laugh is infectious over the cyber miles! Happy Thanksgiving X0 Liz ps Thumbs UP!
aargersi November 21, 2010
Gosh thanks Liz! I do like to have fun when I am cooking (and in general :-) Happy TDay to you and all of yours too!!!
testkitchenette November 20, 2010
Lovely...these will grace my table for sure!