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Spike Mendelsohn Makes Mexican Latkes For Hanukkah

Top Chef Spike Mendelsohn Latkes Santa Rosa Taqueria Capitol Hill

Latkes – fried potato pancakes with flour and egg – are a central part of Hanukkah’s culinary landscape. And our local celebrity chef has a new spin on the traditional recipe.

While traditional latkes err on the side of basic and bland, Chef Spike Mendelsohn is creating a modern interpretation that is packed with flavor and a little heat. Inspired by the recent opening of his newest Washington DC restaurant, Santa Rosa Taqueria, Chef Spike has created a recipe for Mexican Latkes that you can easily make at home.

Spike Mendelsohn’s Mexican Potato Latkes:
What you need: 3 cups russet potatoes * 2 tablespoons onion, diced * 1 large jalapeño, deseeded and diced * 2 corn stalks * 1 clove garlic, minced * 2 eggs * 2 tablespoons flour * 1 teaspoon salt * ½ cup vegetable oil

BONUS! Smooth Guacamole:
3 large ripe Hass avocados, halved, pitted, and scooped out * 2 teaspoon fresh lime juice * 1 tablespoons mayonnaise * 1 tablespoons finely minced cilantro * 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt * Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste * Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Latkes:
1. Put corn stocks in a pot of water, bring to a boil, until color changes to bright yellow. Drain and cool. Remove from stock. * 2. After peeling and shredding potatoes wring out potatoes with a cheesecloth or towel, removing all moisture. * 3. Mix potatoes, onion, jalapeño, garlic, corn, eggs, corn, flour and salt together in a large bowl. * 4. Heat oil in a large pan over medium high heat until the oil is hot. * 5. Drop large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the oil in batches, and flatten them down to form ½ inch patties. * 6. Brown on one side, about 2 minutes, and then flip and brown the other. * 7. Place on paper towels to absorb any excess oil and sprinkle with more salt. * 8. Serve hot with smooth guacamole sauce, cilantro and sour cream.

Guacamole:
In a bowl, mash 3 avocados with a potato masher until smooth. Stir in the lime juice, mayonnaise, cilantro, salt and pepper. Put guacamole in serving dish and drizzle with olive oil. Serve immediately.

Located in Washington DC’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Santa Rosa Taqueria is a vibrant fast causal eatery that offers authentic Mexican cuisine with a contemporary twist located at 315 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast. For more information, please go HERE.

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