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Latke confession

Discerning1 | | Jan 4, 2012 02:21 PM

For the last few years, my latkes have sucked....really, they were bad. This year they were flavorful and crisp because I used mother's little helper. No, not Valium, schmaltz.

Delicious schmaltz. Flavorful schmaltz to fry the mixture of grated russets and onions and salt and matzoh meal in.

I rendered turkey and chicken skins and fat from birds that had been brined. For the first time I understood why my grandparents and great aunts and uncles thought it was a treat to smear schmaltz on a good piece of Jewish rye.

But, shhhh, don't let my family know. What's your latke secret?

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