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It's Hanukkah, and with this joyous holiday comes a number of taste treats that everyone loves. One of those treats are potato latkes. And while the taste of delicious fried latke can't be beat, Paula Shoyer, who wrote the new cookbook, The Healthy Jewish Kitchen, decided she would try baking instead. And the results are delicious! Paul told Tonia's Kitchen she still uses oil, but just a little, and on the cookie sheet she places the uncooked latkes on. The crispiness is still there, so is the taste! What's missing? The calories from the frying!
POTATO AND SCALLION LATKES WITH PICKLED APPLESAUCE
2 tablespoons sunflower or safflower oil, or more if needed
1/2 medium onion, quartered
3 scallions, ends trimmed, cut into thin slices or chopped into small pieces
3 medium potatoes (about 1 and 1/2 pounds [700 grams]), scrubbed clean and unpeeled
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons potato starch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. When the oven is hot, pour two tablespoons of oil onto two jelly roll pans and turn them in every direction so that the oil coats the pans. Heat the pans in the oven for five minutes.
2. Place the onions and scallions in the bowl of a food processor and chop them into small 2.
pieces. Place them in a medium bowl. Shred the potatoes by hand on the large holes of a box grater or in a food processor with the shredding blade, and place in the bowl. Add the lemon juice, eggs, baking powder, potato starch, salt, and pepper and mix well. Very carefully (I mean really carefully; move very slowly) remove one of the pans and use your hands or a spoon to scoop up and drop clumps of the potato mixture, a little less than 1/4 cup, onto the pan. I use my hands. Press the mixture down to flatten it a little.
3. Place the pan in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes and immediately remove the second oiled pan. Repeat the same process with the remaining potato mixture and bake the second pan of latkes for 10 to 12 minutes. Bake them until the edges are well browned, and then with a slotted spatula turn them over and cook the latkes for another eight to ten minutes, or until the bottoms are browned. May be made two days in advance and reheated in the oven