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Celebrate Hanukkah with Kutsher's creative cuisine

December 7, 2012 3:01:44 PM PST
Just like the well-known community in the Catskills that attracted Jewish families every summer years ago, Kutsher's is serving up nostalgic Jewish American comfort food?with a twist.

Zach Kutsher's menu has all of the traditional dishes, including matzo ball soup and pastrami sandwiches. But when it comes to latkes, the eatery's potato pancakes are anything but plain. There's a different version for every night of Hanukkah.

Visit Kutscher's website at www.kutsherstribeca.com.

Kutscher's Potato Latkes

With Peking duck, cucumber, scallion and sesame hoisin

Ingredients

Latkes:

5 potatoes
2 eggs
3 egg yolks
1 cup Spanish onion, grated and drained
1 cup scallions, white part only sliced into thin rounds
1/4 cup Matzo meal
1 Tbs. salt
Pinch of cream of tartar
Canola oil and/or schmaltz for frying

Topping:

1 Chinese roasted duck
1 English cucumber, peeled and julienned
1 cup scallions, julienned

Sauce:

1 cup hoisin sauce
2 Tbs. sesame oil
1 Tsp. sambal chili sauce
1/2 Tsp. five spice powder
2 Tbs. shaoxing win

Steps

1. Julienne the potatoes on a mandolin.

2. Mix the next seven ingredients together.

3. Combine with the potatoes.

4. Fry in oil or schmaltz in small mounds until crisp and brown on both sides.

5. Keep warm in a 150-degree oven.

6. Slice the duck into wedges so that each piece of meat has a piece of skin attached.

7. To serve, top each latke with a teaspoon of sauce, and on that, place a few pieces of cucumber and scallion, place a slice of duck on top of each and a small drizzle of the sauce for garnish.

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