Celery Root Latkes

Spice up your traditional latke recipe by grating in celery root. Because it has less starch than a potato, you need to let this mix sit so you can press it into cakes.

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TOTAL TIME: 50 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: 15 min
Cook: 20 min
YIELD: 4 servings (12 to 14 latkes)
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

  • 1 medium celery root (about 1 pound)
  • 1 large russet or Idaho potato (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 shallot
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Applesauce or sour cream, for serving
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Directions

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.

Peel the celery root and potato, and then shred on the large holes of a box grater, trying to make as long a shred as possible. (Alternatively, you can use the shredder attachment for a food processor if you have one.) Add the shredded vegetables to a large bowl and use the smaller holes of the grater (or a fine zester) to grate in the shallot. Season with 2 teaspoons salt and a few grinds of pepper. Add the flour and toss until well mixed. Let sit for 15 minutes.

Lay out a piece of wax paper or parchment for the assembled patties. Taking 1/4 cup of the mix at a time, form into ball shapes, squeezing out excess liquid. Then press into very thin patties, roughly 3 inches wide and 1/4-inch thick, and put on the wax paper.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high. Test the oil with a long strand of potato; if small bubbles form immediately around the potato, then the oil is ready.

When the oil is hot, add 4 latkes at a time. Cook until golden brown on the bottom, 3 to 4 minutes. Then carefully flip over with a slotted spatula and cook until the other side is brown and crispy, about 2 more minutes. Remove from the skillet and allow to drain on paper towels or a rack. Season with salt as you remove them from the oil. As you cook more latkes, keep the finished ones warm on a rack over a baking sheet in the oven.

Serve with applesauce or sour cream.

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