Potato Latkes and Applesauce

Happy 3rd night of Chanukkah! I've waited long enough...it's latke time.

These fried potato pancakes are just divine..if you like french fries, you'll like latkes. Traditional latkes usually contain eggs, but this recipe holds together really well with the matzo meal, so make sure you have some on hand. Serving it with vegan sour cream and homemade applesauce is a must! Enjoy!

Potato Latkes
3 large russet potatoes (peeled, cut into large chunks)
1 medium onion
1 C matzo meal
1/4 C corn starch
fresh ground black pepper

1. Using the medium grater attachment to a food processor (or a hand grater...you'll be doing this a while in that case!) grate onion and potatoes.
2. Transfer to large bowl. Squeeze out moisture into the sink.
3. Add corn starch and mix well with your hands. 
4. Add salt, generous black pepper and matzo meal. Mix well with hands and let sit for 15 minutes.
5. Squeeze out extra moisture. The texture should be sticky enough that patties can form (but not too wet or else it won't fry up well).
6. In a medium skillet add 1/4 inch of vegetable oil and bring to medium heat. Form patties 1/3 inch thick and carefully add to the pan one at a time (leave ample space between them). Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until nice and brown.
7. Line a baking sheet with brown paper bags (printed side down, blank side up), add a layer of paper towel over that. When finished cooking put the latkes on the paper towels to soak up the oil. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and serve immediately!

7 medium gala apples (peeled, cored, cut into slices)
1/3 C water
3 inch cinnamon stick
5 cloves
squeeze lemon juice

1. As you peel and core the apples add to a medium saucepan Squeeze with lemon juice and toss to coat to prevent browning.
2. Add water to the saucepan. Bring to a boil and then immediately turn heat to low setting. Cook for 30 minutes covered. Stirring occasionally and mashing apples with a fork. Keep mashing until you reach your desired consistency. 
3. Add cloves and cinnamon stick. Cook for another 5-10 minutes. Remove cloves and cinnamon.
4. Serve hot or refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
Dang! It's crispy potato latke time!