One Potato, Two Potato….plus a rhyme

Last night was the first night of Chanukah and my husband made his delicious latkes from only potatoes. I bought Organic Gold Potatoes from Trader Joe’s. I believe they are Yukon Gold potatoes and they have a buttery taste. They also did not have a great deal of moisture, so there was no need to drain or press out the liquid after grating them in the food processor.

Like the rhyme, “One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four….”, I washed and scrubbed four nice-sized “golds,” and without peeling, put them in the food processor. I did transfer them to a strainer over a bowl, but found no extra liquid dripped into it.

We heated two cast iron fry pans and added about 1/2″- 1″ of oil. (My yearly treat with fried foods.) Once heated, Alan merely took a handful of grated potatoes about the size of his palm and added it to the fry pan in a very thin layer, pressing down on the potatoes if necessary to do so. After one side was crisp, her flipped over the latkes and cooked the other side.

In the meantime, I spread out paper towels and as they came out of the fry pan, and Alan placed them on the paper towels to absorb the excess oil, covering them with a second piece of paper towel to absorb the top oil. I ate them as he was frying them and could not get enough. But I cooked some broccoli to offset the carbs and calories in the potatoes, and the broccoli was a good, green choice.

I ate mine with a pinch of salt and a dab of yogurt. Traditionally, sour cream is used and/or applesauce.

I did not even think to take photos because there really was no measuring, so I am including the link to an earlier recipe and including the photo from that posting below:



Since this is the category of Kitchen Nutrition, I would be remiss if I did not mention the good points of potatoes:

Potatoes are a good source of potassium, fiber, iron, vitamins B & C (more than a medium tomato or sweet potato)

For more information, go to This site has very complete nutritional information.

Remember, you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy latkes at Chanukah or any time of the year as a special nutritional treat.

This is a Chanukiah, a special menorah for Chanukah. I find it interesting that both Jews & Christians light candles at this time of year.

P.S. My brother sent in a rhyme about Chanukah, reminiscent of The Night Before Christmas, soon after I posted this and he gave me permission to post it. Thanx, Harry!

Happy Hanukkah

'Twas the first nite of Hannukah, and in our old house
The latkes were frying; the children all groused.
The grandkids were snug on their dining room chairs
With hopes that "Harry" (Hannukah H, that is) soon would be there.
GrandMa in her apron and me in my toque were finished 
with frying (plus a rum in a coke).
As we all settle down 'neath the Menorah's warm lite,
Happy Hannukah to you and have nice night.

4 thoughts on “One Potato, Two Potato….plus a rhyme

  1. We often had apple pancakes and potato pancakes made extremely thin almost transparent. I appreciate how tasty latke must be reminding me of my childhood pleasure served with cinnamon or maple syrup.
    There are many similarities in the Jewish and Christian calendar, and candles represent a big part
    of the celebration, replaced now by colored lights on the tree and welcoming visitors in every room in the house. When my mother was a small child in Germany and I understand in this country as well, actual candles were lit on the Christmas tree. Songs sung and stories told to enhance the season.
    We still celebrate on Christmas Even when our presents are opened, and on Christmas day most people
    attend church. we did, and the rest of the day dedicated to visiting relatives.

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