Traditional potato latkes (pancakes) are the perfect dish to serve for Hanukkah or any day of the year!
When Hanukkah rolls around every year, I have a hard time straying away from the traditional potato latke recipe passed down from my Papa Leo. Crispy, salty, savory potato pancakes in all their glory – it doesn’t get any better than this, folks.
We top them simply with a little sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and apple sauce. That’s it. End of story. There is nothing else needed – this is your one way ticket to latke perfection.
A few tips I’ve learned over the years:
- Using a food processor with the grading attachment to shred the potatoes and onions will save you time and prevent bloody knuckles. Trust me on this one.
- Squeeze out as much water as possible from the grated onions. Paper towel or a kitchen tower work really well. Keep squeezing until you can’t squeeze any more. Note: If using a food processor, do the potatoes separately from the onions so you can squeeze them. Onion juice = flavor. Potato water = soggy sadness.
- Make more than you think you’ll need. More than likely, you’ll only make these once a year. Go crazy and make a double batch. Your family will thank you.
- 4 russet potatoes - peeled and grated finely (water squeezed out)
- 1 medium onion - grated finely
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup matzo meal or more if needed
- canola oil for frying
- sour cream and apple sauce for serving
- Using a food processor or cheese grader, grate the potatoes and place in a bowl using a paper towel to remove excess water.
- Grate the onions then add to the potatoes.
- Add egg, salt and matzo meal to the potato/onion mixture and mix well with a fork. If mixture seems too watery, add more matzo meal.
- Heat 2-3 inches of oil over medium-high heat In a deep pan (or cast iron skillet). Add a drop of the potato mixture to test the heat of the oil. If it bubbles, it's ready!
- Using an ice cream scoop or large soup spoon, drop potato mixture in to the oil being careful not to over crowd the pan. Flatten the pancakes with a metal spatula to ensure even cooking.
- After 3-4 minutes, check for color and flip once browned on one side. Flatten again with the spatula and cook until browned on both sides.
- Lay cooked latkes on plate or baking sheet lined with paper towel to absorb excess oil.
- Continue working in batches until all of the potato mixture is gone.
- Serve with sour cream and apple sauce.
Stop by the other blogs and check out these Chanukah Themed Recipes:
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Samantha from The Little Ferraro Kitchen made Ruby Red Beet Latkes with Cumin
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Liz from The Lemon Bowl made Traditional Potato Latkes
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Laura from Mother Would Know made Three Variations of Sweet and Savory Latkes
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Shulie from Food Wanderings made Baked Panko Sweet Potato Leek Latkes
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Claire from I Love Soup made Sweet Potato, Coconut & Lemongrass Soup
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Liz from Kosher Like Me made Ready, Stuff Roll!
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