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2 pounds russet (baking) or Yukon Gold potatoes
1 large egg, beaten
1 medium onion
Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 cup chopped scallions, including the green part
Vegetable oil for frying
1. Peel the potatoes and put in cold water. Using a grater or a food processor coarsely grate the potatoes and onions. Place together in a fine-mesh strainer or tea towel and squeeze out all the water over a bowl. The potato starch will settle to the bottom; reserve that after you have carefully poured off the water.
2. Mix the potato and onion with the potato starch. Add the scallions, egg, and salt and pepper.
3. Heat a griddle or non-stick pan and coat with a thin film of vegetable oil. Take about 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture on the griddle, flatten with a large spatula, and fry for a few minutes until golden. Flip the pancake over and brown the other side. Remove to paper towels to drain. Serve immediately. You can also freeze the potato pancakes and crisp them up in a 350-degree oven at a later time. Makes 2 dozen pancakes.
Note: If you want a more traditional and thicker pancake, you can add an extra egg plus 1/3 cup of matzah meal to the batter.
From Jewish Cooking in America by Joan Nathan. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
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