Crispy potato latkes are almost as fun to make as they are addicting. Topped with cool sour cream, a slice of apple, and a sprinkling of chives, these are some fancy potato pancakes. Marinating beets with red onion and sherry vinegar brings a refreshing bite to the salad.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Halve the beets, then slice into wedges. Halve, peel, and thinly slice half the onion. Thinly slice the chives. Peel the potatoes. Working over a large kitchen towel, shred the potatoes using a box grater (or food processor, if you have one.) Grate the remaining onion with the box grater into the pile with the shredded potatoes.
Season the potato and onion mixture with salt and pepper. Bring in the corners of the kitchen towel and, working over the sink, squeeze the potato-onion mixture firmly to remove excess liquid. Repeat a few times until nearly dry. Transfer the potato-onion mixture to a large bowl and toss with the flour.
Marinate the beet salad: toss the beets in a medium bowl with the sliced onion, walnuts, sherry vinegar, half the chives, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Make the latkes: heat ½-inch of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. You’ll know the oil is hot enough when it moves fluidly in the pan and shimmers slightly. Place a baking sheet lined with paper towels to the side of the stove. Form the potato mixture into 2-inch patties and place carefully into the oil. Working in batches, cook the latkes 3-4 minutes per side, lowering heat if necessary, until deeply golden brown. Set finished latkes aside on the paper towels to drain, then remove the paper towel and transfer to the oven to keep warm until the rest of the latkes are ready. Season with salt and pepper before serving.
Peel, core, and thinly slice the apple. Toss ¾ the apple slices into the marinated beet mixture.
Plate the latkes and marinated beet salad. Top each latke with a reserved slice of apple, a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chives. Enjoy!