Special Hanukah Edition
Chocolate coins, candles and dreidels are all well and good – but from a culinary standpoint, Hanukah is a celebration of oil and all things fried and what can possibly be wrong with that? EVERYTHING tastes better when it’s deep fried! The trick is to use the right oil (olive oil isn’t going to work) and to make sure your oil is hot enough when you start. A candy/deep fry thermometer is an invaluable tool.
Double Fried Chicken with Honey & Sriracha Drizzle
1 4 lb. chicken, cut into 10 pieces
2 tbsp. Smoked Paprika
2 tsp. Kosher Salt
1 tsp. Black Pepper
Egg wash (2 eggs beaten with 2 tbsp. Water)
2 cups Flour
3 tbsp. Sriracha
3 tbsp. Honey
Oil for Frying (Vegetable, Canola or Peanut)
1. Generously season the chicken pieces with the paprika, salt and pepper.
2. Take a piece of chicken and dredge it in the flour, shaking off the excess. Coat the chicken in the egg wash and then dredge it back into flour one more time. Set aside on a baking tray. Repeat until all of the chicken has been coated. Let the coated chicken sit on the tray for about 30 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the oil for frying.
3. Pour oil into a large pot or Dutch oven until it comes about 4” up the side. Heat the oil to 325 degrees (use a thermometer).
4. Beginning with the thighs, add the chicken to the pot, making sure not to crowd. (This may take several batches.) Fry until golden and cooked 80 percent through, about 8 minutes. Move the chicken to a wire rack to cool and repeat with the remaining chicken.
5. Once all the chicken is done, heat up the oil to 365 degrees. Add the chicken in the same batches and cook until dark golden and crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes more.
6. Whisk together Sriracha and honey in a small bowl and drizzle over the fried chicken.
Zucchini and Sweet Potato Latkes
It just isn’t Hanukah without latkes. Here’s a modern twist on the classic.
(A food processor equipped with a shredding disk makes very quick work of the grating.)
3 Medium sized Zucchini, grated with the peel on (about 2 cups)
2 Large Sweet Potatoes, peeled and grated (about 2 cups)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 tbsp. Matzo Meal
1 tbsp. Kosher Salt
1 tsp. Black Pepper
Oil for frying
1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Heat a large frying pan and add 4 tablespoons of oil. When the oil starts to shimmer, carefully drop tablespoons of the latkes mixture into the pan. Fry the latkes, turning when the edges start to crisp. Add oil as necessary. Move to a wire rack to drain and cool.
3. Serve with sour cream & chives, Greek yogurt & mint or applesauce.