Ramp Latkes!

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🎵 Aaaaat laaaaaast spring has come along🎵 [sung in extremely Etta James voice]. It’s here! It’s finally here! I cannot recall a spring that took so goddamn long to arrive, but it’s finally here. I’m celebrating by soaking up all the sun and eating all the spring fruits and vegetables I can get my hands on. Ramps are very trendy where I live in the Northeastern United States of America and are on just about every restaurant menu in the area. No, I’m not talking about the incline you walk up to enter a building: Ramps are a species of wild onion that have long, smooth leaves and a scallion-like stalk and bulb. In terms of flavor, ramps fall somewhere between chives, leeks, and the green part of scallions. They impart a subtle onion-y flavor to a variety of dishes and scream “SPRING!”, so I thought I’d try them out in my favorite onion and potato dish: lakes! They’re my favorite Hanukkah food and this just might be my new favorite spring dish.

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Ramp Latkes

Yields: 12-14 latkes (depending on size)
Prep time: 25 mins

  • 3 pounds potatoes (I used yellow potatoes)
  • ¼ pound ramps
  • 1 small onion (about ½ cup chopped)
  • 2 cups matzoh meal
  • ⅓ cup cornstarch
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Vegetable or canola oil

Peel the potatoes then grate them using the shred blade on a food processor or against a box grater. Finely chop the onion. Remove the bulbs on the ramps and slice the leaves into thin ribbons. Combine the onions, potatoes, and ramps with the cornstarch, stir, and set aside for a couple minutes.

Add the matzoh meal, plus several hearty pinches of salt and pepper. Stir well and set the mixture aside for another 10-15 minutes. Magic happens and the whole thing should turn into a sticky batter (not crumbly).

Heat a skillet or shallow pot with oil. Press a small handful of the batter into a hockey puck with your hands. Place the latke in the pan and cook 5 or so minutes on each side, until golden brown and crispy. Serve with applesauce, sour cream, or ricotta and a sprinkle of finely chopped ramps!

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