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Bell Pepper and Leek Skillet Latke


Who doesn’t look forward to the crispy, fried goodness that is a Chanukah latke? I do. But by the fifth night, I’m usually looking for something healthier and less time-consuming. That’s what’s so great about this latke. It comes together in one skillet, doesn’t use too much oil, yet it still retains the crispy, latke edges. A win-win!



Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a 10” skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks and bell pepper and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened and golden, about 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside. Wipe the skillet clean with paper towel.


Grate the potatoes and firmly squeeze as much liquid out of them as possible (the drier the potato, the crispier the result). Mix the grated potatoes with the leek mixture. Season with parsley flakes, salt, and pepper and toss well.


Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add the potato mixture and press down firmly with a spatula. Cook, shaking the skillet occasionally, until the latke is a deep golden brown, about 10 minutes. Gently loosen the edges and slide the latke onto a large plate.


Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet. Place another plate onto the latke and flip, so the cooked side is facing up. Slide the latke back into the skillet and cook another 10 minutes, or until it is a deep golden brown.


Transfer to a platter and allow to cool for 3-4 minutes before garnishing with a dollop of sour cream and chopped cilantro. Serve immediately.


You can make this in advance as well — tightly wrap with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet over medium heat or in the oven at 350° F until heated through. Garnish with sour cream and cilantro before serving.