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Potato-Beet Latkes with Horseradish Cream

Serves 1 1/2 dozen

Originally aired

  • 1 large baking potato (about 10 oz), peeled and quartered lengthwise
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil or peanut oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup crme frache
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh grated horseradish
  • 2 medium peeled raw beets (about 6 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced scallion greens
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

Using a food processor fitted with a coarse grating disk, grate the potato and onion; discard any large pieces. Transfer the mixture to a clean dish towel and squeeze out any excess liquid then transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the flour, egg, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and the baking powder.

In small bowl, whisk together crme frache, horseradish and a generous pinch of salt; cover and refrigerate.

To a food processor, add beets then combine with potatoes and onions. Add scallion greens and dill to batter.

In a medium skillet, heat 1/4 inch oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in 5 to 6 batches, drop 2-tablespoon scoops of batter into the pan about 2 inches apart. Using a spatula, flatten the batter into disks. Cook, turning once, until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes. (Lower the heat if the latkes darken too quickly.) Drain on paper towels. Serve with horseradish cream alongside.