6 medium potatoes (about 2 pounds)
1 medium onion
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons matzo meal
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 to 1/3 cup vegetable oil
Sour Cream


1. Peel potatoes. Coarsely shred onion into a large bowl. Shred potatoes into bowl with onion, stirring occasionally. The onion will keep the potato from browning. Stir in eggs, matzo meal, parsley, salt and pepper.
2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add potato mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls into oil. Fry until crisp and golden; turn and fry remaining side until golden--about 5 minutes on each side. Transfer to platter and keep warm. Repeat until all potato mixture has been used, adding oil as necessary.
3. Serve with applesauce and sour cream.

Potato pancakes are the most traditional foods of Hanukkah. The oil in which they are fried represents the central story of the holiday in which oil enough to light the temple for 1 day miraculously lasted for 8 days and nights.

Potato Latkes
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