When we lived in Silver Spring, MD, my husband and I used to frequent a place called, Parkway Deli and Restaurant, a self-proclaimed “New York Style Deli”. We never left disappointed or hungry. Hands down, my favorite meal there was the Latkes, Lox, and Eggs. Lately, I’ve been day-dreaming of latkes, lox, and eggs. I can hardly think of anything else. It’s a terrible thing to be so utterly distracted with two active toddlers running around! Something had to be done.
So, this morning I set out to recreate this tasty dish. My entire plan was nearly foiled when I discovered the seafood cooler to be completely void of smoked salmon. I had a moment of shear panic, which must have been evident on my face, since the Wegmans fishmonger, my hero of the day, promptly made several packages of smoked salmon appear. Crisis averted! Picked up some russet potatoes, some chunky applesauce, a few other groceries and headed home. Then, patiently (or rather impatiently) bided my time until my littlest son went down for his nap and I had my hands free to prepare the latkes.
I followed a recipe, which I found on my go-to site for recipes, www.foodnetwork.com. I fried the latkes in batches, placing the cooked ones in a 300 degree oven to keep warm. Once complete, I cleaned out my fry-pan, threw in a little butter, and fried my perfect egg…over-medium, thoroughly cooked white, slightly runny yolk. Then, stacked it all up in a neat little tower and served with a side of applesauce.
And, it was good. As good as my Parkway Deli favorite? I don’t think so. Not sure what it was lacking though…maybe just that “someone else cooked it” quality.