Traditional Chanukah latkes get a fun and healthful makeover with shredded Brussels sprouts and beef "facon". Everything really does taste better with facon!
Tip: You can store peeled potatoes in water in the refrigerator overnight to prepare ahead of time and prevent the potatoes from browning.
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- 3 to 4Servings
- 12 (2 cups) Brussels sprouts, shredded
- 2 or 3 (2 cups) medium potatoes, peeled and shredded
- 2 medium onions, shredded
- 4 ounces beef bacon ("Facon"), chopped
- 3 eggs
- ⅓ cup potato starch (or all-purpose flour)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup shmaltz (chicken fat), or vegetable oil
1. Shred peeled potatoes with a cheese grater or shred in a food processor. Add the onion to the food processor to mix with the potatoes. Place the shredded potatoes and onion in a bowl and cover in water; soak for 20 minutes.
2. Add Brussels sprouts to the food processor and grate.
3. Heat a large cast iron skillet or heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. When pan is hot, cook beef bacon for 4 to 5 minutes, until crispy. Remove pan from heat.
4. While beef bacon is cooling, place shredded potato mixture in a cheesecloth and squeeze out any excess water. You want the potatoes to be as dry as possible when you are making latkes. If you don’t have cheesecloth, you can press the potatoes through a mesh sieve to remove the liquid.
5. Combine Brussels sprouts, potato, onion mixture, eggs, potato starch or flour, salt, and pepper. Then add cooked beef bacon.
6. Place cast iron skillet back on stove over medium heat and add the shmaltz or oil. When pan is hot, make a test batch of the latkes - using a ¼ cup measuring cup, scoop up latke mixture and drop carefully into hot pan.
7. After the test batch, drop two to three scoops of the latke mixture in the pan and cook 2 minutes on each side, flipping with a spatula, until brown on the outside but still green on the inside. You want to see that color!
8. Remove latkes and place on a plate lined with paper towels or wire cooling rack to remove excess oil.