Oil for Latkes?
can anyone tell me the most appropriate oil for frying latkes? thanks!
What do you mean by appropriate?
If you are looking for what they might have used in days gone past, I would say olive. But that flavor can be a little heavy for some.
My mom fried in vegetable or canola and they are awesome too with little oil taste.
Of course, there was the couple of times my mom cooked them in chicken fat. Now that was the best. But not appropriate for Chanuka i guess..
Remember that the hotter you fry something, the less oily when it comes out. If you fry in really hot veggie oil (I sometimes buy the cheap stuff from Wal-Mart or whatever - it normally has an OU) - it will make a huge mess but also come out crisp and not oily.
Just one man's opinion.
your best bets are probably either canola/vegetable or peanut oil. the canola is best if you're most concerned about your health, and works well with small batches. peanut has a much higher smoke point, and will certainly taste the best, and give you the most cripy, consistent results.
keep in mind that no matter which oil you use, you'll want to fill your pan generously so it keeps its temperature as you add the cool batter. counter-intuitive, but the more oil you use, generally the less the latkes absorb. peanut holds its temperature better, especially when you're making a large batch.
I would say shmaltz(chicken fat) is the best but not the most healthy or clean and it stinks up the house.
Butter is also a great option or a butter/oil mixture but obviously that can be a problem if you are eating it with meat.
My mother always used either pure butter or a butter/oil mix and they were unbelievable.