Saturday, November 07, 2015

Ric Orlando's Latkes that Beat Bobby Flay!!!!!

Here they are! Ric Orlando's Luscious Latkes featured on BEAT BOBBY FLAY!!! And they WON!!

Potato Latkes, or Ashkenazi style potato pancakes, are a staple in most Jewish American households. So, this Italian chef is going to teach you how to make these amazing latkes! Got a problem with dat? I have had many a latke that has all of the traditional flavors of the classic, but were either too greasy, too rubbery or just flat. Tradition can use some technical assistance sometimes and here is my shot at it.

One of my secrets in grating the potatoes two ways. The classic regular box-grated potatoes give you the creaminess and the French style “mandolined” potatoes add a lacy, crisp component that makes them addictive. Also, check out the tossing technique and the incorporation of the potato liquid…read on cynics…! 

Makes 12 nice-sized latkes

8 medium-large russet potatoes, peeled
1-2 medium onions, peeled
2 tablespoons horseradish
3 eggs
about ¾ cup cornstarch or potato starch as needed (for gluten-free latkes) or matzoh meal
salt and pepper to taste
neutral-flavored, heat-holding vegetable oil like grapeseed, sunflower or safflower oil, or get real and use schmaltz or duck fat for frying (not olive oil) as needed

Take 6 of the potatoes and grate on the coarse side of a box grater or on the grater wheel with the larger holes of a food processor.

Grate the onions the same way.

Mix those potatoes and onions together in a bowl. Now, using a mandolin or by hand, julienne the last two potatoes into thin strips. Add to the previously grated onions-potato mix. Then add the horseradish and season with salt and pepper to taste, leaning a bit towards salty.

In a separate bowl, scramble the eggs and pour over the potato-onion mixture.

Now add the starch of choice. (We use potato starch or cornstarch to keep them gluten free.) Mix well with one hand.

Fill a large heavy skillet one half-inch deep with your cooking oil and bring up to a shimmer. You want your oil hot enough to brown, but not so hot that it cooks too fast. Test for heat by dropping a small drop of the mix in the oil. If it sizzles, it is ready.

Take a handful of mixture, about the size of a small tomato, in your hand. Toss it gently and carefully up and down like you're a pitcher getting ready to pitch. After five or six tosses it will begin to get rounder and rounder. When it is round and tight, place it carefully in the oil. Repeat with a few more, being careful not to crowd the pan.

Allow the latkes to cook on one side, still round, until you notice that they are getting bronze around the edges, about 2-3 minutes. Using a spatula flip each latke and NOW press them down until they are about ½ inch thick. Monitor your heat, making sure the oil is not too hot but hot enough to keep the pan frying going nicely.

When the latkes are fully golden on each side, remove to a cooling sheet. Repeat this process until your mix is used up. They can easily be reheated in a 350 F oven for 5 minutes.
(Caviars, creme fraiche and perfectly shirred egg drizzled with cholula are sold separately! LOL)

Chipotle Apple Sauce

So this is a little twist on basic apple sauce. I was taught very early in my career to make apple sauce simple and plain first, and to spice it later. If you spice it too early, you may end up with overly spiced sauce. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove have no place in potato pancakes. However, a little smokey chipotle heat adds a modern twist. Don’t like heat? Leave it out.

You will need a food mill to make good apple sauce at home.

Makes about 2 cups

6 big sweet apples or about 2 pounds. Think Empires, Macouns, Red Delish….
Sugar or maple syrup if needed
Pinch salt
1 teaspoon or more chipotle chili powder

Wash the apples and try to remove the stems, but do not cut or peel them. Put the apples in a non reactive pot. Cover with water by about one inch. Add a pinch of salt. Cover pot snugly.

Bring to a rolling boil and cook for at least 30 minutes or until the apples begin to collapse and get mushy. Using a slotted spoon, remove in batches to a food mill and process into a bowl. Repeat until you have run all of the pulp through the mill. Discard the cooking liquid.

If the sauce is too thin, return it to the pot and gently cook for a few minutes to cook out some of the water. Taste for sweetness and add sweetener if you choose.

Add the chipotle powder and stir it in well. Cool. Store refrigerated or use a canning process to preserve.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Summer BBQ Slaws by Ric Orlando

Summer's here and it's BBQ Time.
There is always lots of meat, but the sides are where your cheffing skill will shine! 
These two slaws are both mayo free and stunningly delicious!
You can make them a couple of days in advance or just whack em out on your way out the door!


Makes a 2 quart batch.
This stuff is addictive. It is mildly spiced, sweet and sour and is great with fried fish, chicken, seitan or tufu, charcuterie and other salty things

  half a head green cabbage, shredded thinly
  2  large carrots -- grated
2 tart apples, julienne thin, peeled or not, your choice
  1  red onion  medium -- sliced paper thin
  small bunch  cilantro -- chopped
Whisk all ingredients together
 2 tablespoon Madras curry powder
2  tablespoons  cilantro -- chopped
  1  teaspoon  garam masala
  1  teaspoon  garlic -- minced
  1 teaspoon  dried ginger powder
  2   teaspoons  kosher salt
  1 tablespoon  lemon juice
  1/2  cup  cider vinegar
  1/2 cup  granulated raw or white sugar
1/4 cup sunflower or other neutral flavored vegetable  oil


This addictive slaw is New World Home Cooking;s go to for all kinds of BBQ. It is sweet and pungent and lasts forever in the fridge
1  medium head shredded red or white cabbage
1  red onion, shaved thin -- approx 4 cups
1/3 cup freshly grated horseradish or 1/4 cup prepared horseradish


‘ 1/2  cup  raw or granulated sugar
  4 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 tablespoons  ground coriander or cracked coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  1   teaspoon  kosher salt
  1   tablespoon  black pepper
  1   cup cider vinegar
1/4   cup  sunflower oil or other neutral flavored veg oil

For dressing: Whisk together sugar, mustard, coriander, celery seed, horseradish, coriander, salt, pepper, oil and vinegar.    Toss well with veggies, massaging it in well.


MIX dressing ingredients first.
Massage into vegetables.
Let flavors hang out for an hour or so at room temperature before either serving or storing in the fridge. Lasts 10 days refrigerated.

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival Recipes for 2019

Sunday, September 29th I am back at the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in Saugerties cooking some garlic recipes. These two side dishes are ...