I tried to spend every waking moment of last weekend outdoors. It was the first consistently gorgeous weekend that Chicago has seen this season and I just couldn't get enough. Saturday was spent strolling (and sometimes shoving) up and down Wells St. for the Old Town Art Fair. Unfortunately, the art was pretty expensive - and a lot of it was those cheesy pictures of ballparks and cityscapes - but we found other ways to entertain ourselves, namely beer and food.
In my mind, potato pancakes are reserved specifically for Hanukkah at which time I try to consume as many as possible to hold me over until next year. But as soon as I saw these 8-inch latkes, I simply had to have one. Actually we had three, because that's how they were selling them. Three 8-inch potato pancakes with sides of sour cream and apple sauce. I was in heaven.
The consistency was a little thick for me, I think the potatoes had be chopped too finely, but the flavor was nice and oniony and the outside was crispy and brown. It was an unlikely surprise on a hot day in June, but now I only have 6 more months until I get them again!
Just in case you can't wait, here are some of Recipe4Living's favorites:
Sweet Potato Latkes
Grandma's Potato Latkes with Ginger Apple-Pear Compote
Authentic Potato Pancakes
Photo courtesy of Matt Terski on flickr