During the celebration of Hanukkah, latkes are traditionally made to commemorate the miracle of a small amount of oil burning for eight days in the candles of the Temple of Jerusalem. Potato pancakes have been a tradition since the 1800s, based on a recipe that dates back to the Middle Ages. Latkes, while generally made from potatoes, can also be made from a variety of cheeses, vegetables and other starches.
So what makes the cannabis-infused take on this classic recipe so special? The simple addition of the citrusy and earthy flavor profiles of NYC Diesel. The zest of this strain really brings to life the nutty, creamy taste of the sweet potato while playing off the allium family ingredients in this dish. With each bite your tongue will dance from the floral complexities of the fried latkes, making applesauce or sour cream the perfect accompaniments. Within an hour or two, the 60-percent sativa-dominant medicinal properties of NYC Diesel will begin to lull you into a strong cerebral, functioning high. Eventually, the strain will guide your body into a state of full repose. These effects make it the perfect strain to partake of during social functions, taking your Hanukkah celebrations to the next level.
Ingredients You Will Need:
- 2 medium large sweet potatoes or garnet yams
- 2 free-range and organic chicken eggs, beaten
- 1/3 cup AP flour or matzo meal
- 1/2 cup minced sweet Vidalia onion
- 1/4 gram finely sifted NYC Diesel kief
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Enough olive, canola oil, or rendered chicken fat for frying
- Sliced green onions to garnish
Step 1: Wash and scrub the sweet potatoes, making sure to get rid of any dirt. Cut off the ends with a sharp knife and remove any bad spots. Choose whether you want to keep the skins on, then grate the potatoes into a large mixing bowl.
Step 2: Add the minced onion, garlic, chives and eggs.
Step 3: In a separate bowl, combine the AP flour, baking powder, sea salt, black pepper, red pepper, and NYC Diesel kief. Mix until fully combined.
Step 4: Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix thoroughly, taking care to fully incorporate the dry mixture.
Step 5: Heat the olive or canola oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. You can choose to shallow fry or add just enough oil to cook the latkes for a healthier version. Form three potato pancakes in the pan and fry until golden brown. About 3 minutes per side.
Step 6: Transfer to paper towels to absorb excess olive or canola oil, then serve with applesauce or sour cream and with a dusting of green onions.
Yield: 10 latkes
Dosage: 12.5 mg per latke
Alternative Strain Suggestion
If you can’t find the NYC Diesel strain from a local dispensary, grower or collective, do not fret! Just be creative, follow your nose, trust your taste buds, and have fun finding another strain. Look for one that matches or complements the flavor profiles in the dish. I would recommend any strain whose terpenes are similar to that of the earthy citrus flavors found in NYC Diesel. These could be:
- Kong: Indica dominant that packs a THC punch.
- Hong Kong: Hybrid, high-THC body buzz.
- Sour Diesel: A spacy high to get you chatting.
- Gorilla Glue: Piney scent, will make you feel sleepy.
Keep in mind when choosing another strain that the THC percentage will be different, therefore dose accordingly.