Now on to the Latkes. I went out to get all the ingredients for these latkes, and as I was about to get started, I reazlied I had no mechanism to shred the vegetables. Kind of a problem. So what did I do? I sat down with a knife and cut tiny little pieces of potato and zucchini to get as close to “grated” as possible. An hour and some sore hands later, I was ready to make latkes. I mixed mine with egg, whole wheat flour, panko bread crumbs, and parmesan for an extra twist. I pan “fried” them in about 1 tablespoon of olive oil supplimented with some olive oil spray because I was worried they would stick. Despite the lack of shredder and large quantaties of oil, these browned up beautifully.
And while I had originally planned to make some homemade apple sauce with the four apples in my fridge, after the shredding incident (or should I say lack-there-of), I needed something low maintenance. Good thing I had a jar of motts from last time I baked!
3 1/2 to 4 1/2 pounds chicken necks, backs and wing (I just used a whole 3.5 pound chicken. For first timers like me, don’t forget to check if there’s a liver inside the chicken and take that out)
- 3 celery ribs, cut into big chunks
- 3 carrots, scrubbed and cut into big chunks
- 2 parsnips, scrubbed and cut into big chunks
- 2 onions, unpeeled and quartered
- 1 head garlic, cut horizontally in half
- 1 Turkish or 1/2 California bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
- 4 quarts cold water
- I also put in a big hadful of parsley to add a fresh, herby flavor
Bring all ingredients to a boil in an 8- to 10-quart heavy pot. Skim froth every half hour or so. Reduce heat and gently simmer, uncovered for 3 hours.
Pour stock through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl and discard solids. If using stock right away, skim off and discard any fat. If not, cool stock completely, uncovered, before skimming fat, then chill, covered.
For the Mazto balls: I used my grandmother’s ancient recipe. Passed down to my mother. It goes like this: buy a box of Manischewitz Matzo Ball Mix, and follow the instructions exactly.
- 1 medium baking potato (shredded)
- 1 large or 2 small zucchini (shredded)
- 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs (or any kind of bread crumbs you have)
- 1 egg + 1 egg white
- 3 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil/spray for cooking
- Apple sauce for garnish