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“Food writer Adam Rapoport fried these latkes in a combination of vegetable oil and schmaltz (rendered chicken fat), a tactic that apparently gave him the edge over the competition in the James Beard Foundation's Fourth Annual Latke Cook-Off. He won both the People's Choice and the Amateur awards. This recipe has two things going for it, shared by most really good recipes: it's tried and true, and it came from someone's mother, in this case, Rapoport's mom, Maxine.”

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  1. Grate the potatoes and onions by hand, using the large holes of a box grater.
  2. Place the grated potatoes and onions in a dish towel and wring out the excess liquid.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, bread crumbs, salt, baking powder, and pepper.
  5. Stir in the potatoes and onions and mix well.
  6. Heat schmaltz and/or vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  7. Drop the mixture by spoonfuls into the pan.
  8. Flatten latkes slightly while cooking, and turn only once.
  9. Remove from the pan when latkes are crisp and golden.
  10. Serve hot with apple sauce or sour cream.

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