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Spanolatkes

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil plus more for frying
  • 3 ounces spinach stems removed, chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 2 leeks, white parts only thinly sliced
  • kosher salt
  • 4 scallions thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 lb russet potatoes
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill chopped
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • freshly ground pepper
  • Tzatsiki for serving (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a colander set in a large bowl; refrigerate until cold, about 15 minutes. Squeeze out any excess moisture; set the spinach aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the leeks, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Add the scallions and cook 3 to 4 more minutes. Let cool.
  • Peel the potatoes and grate on the large holes of a box grater. Transfer to a clean kitchen towel, gather into a pouch and twist closed, then squeeze over the sink to remove as much liquid as possible. Transfer to a large bowl; add the leek-scallion mixture, spinach, eggs, flour, dill, feta, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and mix with your hands until combined.
  • Heat 1/2 inch vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F. Working in batches, scoop about 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture into the pan for each latke and flatten with a spatula; fry until golden brown and cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. (Return the oil to 350 degrees F between batches.) Serve with tzatziki.
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