Israeli Breakfast Latkes with Homemade Schug
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Israeli
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Serves: 10 latkes
Israeli breakfast in latke form! Yes! Israeli Breakfast Latkes with Homemade Schug are totally acceptable to eat before noon. Or after noon.
  • Schug:
  • 4 jalapenos, de-veined and seeded (careful! Wear gloves!)
  • 2 cups cilantro leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • For Latkes:
  • 3 medium russet potatoes (1 pound), washed well
  • 2 tablespoons onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • For garnish:
  • Israeli pickles
  • Labneh
  • Israeli salad
  • Feta
  • Hummus
  • Soft boiled eggs
  1. Start with making your schug. You can make it up to a week in advance! Use it like hot sauce on everything. In a food processor, combine jalapenos, cilantro, garlic, cumin, and cardamom. Add olive oil until you have a texture you like, I like it chunky. Season with salt to taste.
  2. To make latkes, prepare a large bowl of ice water and set aside. Peel and shred your potatoes by hand or with a food processor. Place in the bowl of ice water and let sit for 10 minutes. Then, drain water through a sieve placed over another bowl. Let water sit so starch can settle to the bottom. Wring out potatoes with a cheesecloth or towel, removing all moisture. Drain water from bowl, reserving starch.
  3. Mix potatoes, onion, garlic, egg, flour and salt together in a large bowl. Add in starch and mix that up.
  4. Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat until the oil is hot.
  5. Drop large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the oil in batches, and flatten them down to form ½ inch patties. Brown on one side, about 2 minutes, and then flip and brown the other.
  6. Place on paper towels to absorb any excess oil and sprinkle with more salt.
  7. Serve hot with schug, labneh, pickles, Israeli salad, feta, hummus, eggs, etc. etc!
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