Emily Frank of Share: Cheesebar’s Step-by-Step Family Recipe for Making Latkes with a Lotta Love

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Several years ago, we spent the day with Emily Frank of Pleasant Ridge's Share: Cheesebar and her family to get an inside look at one of their family's holiday traditions: making latkes. Below is here explanation of how the day typically goes, and a step-by-step recipe with photos to guide you through the process. Enjoy!

"Growing up, we had latkes once a year for one night of Hanukkah — we certainly don’t do them for all eight nights! These days we do it on Christmas Eve when we have our annual cousins’ sleepover.

My cousin Ben and his family, as well as my sister, her family and I have a sleepover where we make latkes and celebrate Hanukkah together (regardless of when on the calendar it actually falls). On Christmas morning, we take my food truck downtown to OTR and use it to feed the homeless. This will be our fourth year doing it and we all look so forward to it every year. [Emily noted that they will be partaking in this particular part of the tradition this year after selling the truck, but plan to next year.]

Here is the latke recipe to the best of my knowledge. We just kind of wing it when it comes to latkes. A little too wet? Put in more flour or put it through the colander again. Need a little more salt? Put it in. That’s how Jewish grandmothers roll — nothing is precise!

Our recipe is done on the grill, but you can go old school for sure and do it on the stove. Same method, just prepare for your house (and hair and clothes) to smell like latkes for the next week if you stay inside! It’s not a difficult recipe, it’s just a long process and not something we make regularly.

Oh. You might notice that in some of the pictures there is champagne in hand. When Nana is around, a cocktail is usually enjoyed. Her favorite is anything sparkling!" — Emily Frank

Ingredients:

  • 5 lbs. potato — russet, nothing special
  • 4-ish eggs
  • All-purpose flour or matzo meal
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • Canola oil
  • Sour cream or applesauce

Instructions: (see slideshow for step-by-step instructions).

| Photos by Hailey Bollinger