When I was a kid, I was always my mom’s second-in-command in the kitchen: stirring a bubbling pot of soup, rolling out pizza dough, standing guard over the stand mixer so that I got first dibs on licking the bowl (it’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it!). But the one task I steered clear of? Frying latkes. The splattering oil was just too scary, so I relinquished frying duty to my mom.
But as a young chef, I always wanted to be in on the kitchen action—especially during the holidays! So you can imagine my envy when I learned about the Oven-Baked Latkes recipe my America’s Test Kitchen Kids colleagues developed for our cookbook for 5- to 8-year-olds, My First Cookbook.