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Latkes (Potato Pancakes)


  • 3lbs potatoes
  • 2eggs
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 3tablespoons all-purpose flour or 3 tablespoons matzo meal
  • 1⁄2teaspoon baking powder
  • 1onion, minced
  • black pepper, to taste
  • paprika, to taste
  • vegetable oil (for frying)


  • Wash and peel the potatoes.
  • Grate the potatoes with a grater or food processor.
  • (You can grate them into a bowl of salted water to keep them from discoloring. Otherwise they discolor about as fast as you can grate them, although it doesn’t hurt anything if you use them right away). Drain off all liquid, and squeeze the excess liquid out by hand.
  • (Do this even if you don’t soak them in the salted water.) Beat the eggs and mix with the grated potatoes and other ingredients, except the oil.
  • Heat about 1/2 inch of oil in a skillet over medium high heat until very hot.
  • Drop potato mixture by heaping tablespoons into oil (about 4 at a time).
  • Use a pancake turner to flatten them out.
  • Fry to golden brown on both sides (about 3 minutes per side).
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • Serve topped with applesauce or sour cream.


  • BeatnikIvy

    My husband and I loved these. It was hard to keep from eating them as I stood there cooking them! He said next time he wants green onion added.

  • XandersMom

    would give this 10 starts if I could! I grated the onion, and I felt like that made the texture better, and we got a really great onion flavor. The last 2 were fought over, I will be making this again, and again.

  • msjenjenp

    YUM! Exactly the recipe I was looking for. I wouldn’t change a thing. Delicious.

  • lolymari

    This was delicious!!!! I added seasoning salt instead of salt and it gave it a great flavor will definetly keep in my favorites

  • eryielle

    I added a salad toppings mix to mine that had parmesan cheese, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili powder and it was yummy!

  • LolaBugge

    These were my first attempt at latkes for my first ever channukah dinner with my new in-laws, and I am so happy I found this recipe! They came out delicious and I got rave reviews! They definitely are a little bit of work, but worth the outcome.

  • Linsey S.

    This recipe halves well for my family of 4. I made them small, as my husband likes them crispy, but no mush inside, and they turned out perfect. Highly reccomended recipe!!

  • PradaContessa

    Save yourself a lot of trouble and buy frozen shredded hashbrown potatoes. No peeling, grating soaking, or drying required. Done in 10 minutes! Yummy recipe though.

  • Pizza Fetish

    These are so yummy! I have tried other recipes and they always fell apart. these are great. i think i have to double up though cause they are sooo good, i eat them all:)

  • Nyx

    Haven’t had good latke before so I don’t know how it SHOULD taste. Made these for Hanukkah with homemade applesauce (Applesauce). My friend’s kids loved it. I used a hand blender because my food processor is small so I would be doing potato batches til the cows came home. I only used my small food processor to grind the scallion and onion. I chopped the potatoes (used 6, peeled) into small squares and pour them into a mixing bowl, then used my hand blender to mash it up. I used corn oil because that’s all I had aside from olive oil, which I am told changes the flavor when used for frying. I added about a tablespoon of sugar and paprika because I had no cayenne. Took me longer than 50 minutes to complete, but hey, it’s Hanukkah!