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potato pancakes, even better

It wouldn’t be Hanukah if I didn’t refresh my favorite, dead-simple potato pancake recipe. But it wouldn’t make for a very interesting story if I told the same one every year; in fact, I think they get better with each try because I continue to tweak them ever so much.

this is what latke mise looks like

This year, after finally making peace with my cast frying pan (coincidentally, over an “apple latke”) I cooked them in there, and will use no other pan for them as long as I live. It is a browning genius, and even small amounts of oil resulted in no sticking whatsoever. I also realized that I found them a bit on the salty side — something I noted last year and entirely forgot in the 12 months since — I hope to remember that next year.

cheesecloth squeeze

In an ongoing, obsessive effort to create latkes that look precisely like the flying spaghetti monster/tiny piles of rope mops, I again attempted to create the longest strands of potato possible by placing them sideways in the feed tube of the food processor — the food processor not only saves a ton of time, it creates coarser, more visible strands.

latke batter

Next, I at last retired the sieve-pressing for a cheesecloth-squeezing. My goodness, I don’t know why it took me so long to realize that cheesecloth does a much better job (seriously, just twist tighter and tighter until the excess liquid is gone) and is ten thousand times easier to hand-wash, uh, because you don’t have to. The smallest square does the trick.

latkes a-frying

Finally, if you think that latkes are just for Hanukkah, with all due respect, you’re totally missing out. I have yet to see a better “bed” to rest your poached or fried egg upon; home fries, latkes distant, black sheep of a cousin, just weep with jealousy in their presence. And the fact that latkes are so easy to make in advance and reheat/recrisp in the oven means that they can be an especially schedule-forgiving brunch dish.

draining the potato pancakes

Or an appetizer. I can imagine these being great topped with anything from a garlicky aioli to an apple chutney, but as you can see, we chose to keep them in the “peasant food” mood with creme fraiche and caviar.

caviar + creme fraiche + latke

And with that, I’m off to reheat some leftovers. That I didn’t tell our families about when they were over last night. Because I’m nice, but apparently not that nice.

caviar/creme fraiche latke

One year ago: A Slice-and-Bake Cookie Palette
Two years ago: Parmesan Black Pepper Biscotti

Potato Pancakes [Latkes]

My formula is roughly this: a one-pound russet or baking potato to one small onion, a large egg, quarter-cup of flour, teaspoon of salt and a hefty pinch of black pepper. How many you yield has to do with how big you make them; I aim for small ones (approximately three inches across) and get about a dozen per batch.

But, if you’re not a formula person, here is a more official-like recipe:

1 large baking potato (1 pound), peeled
1 small onion (4 ounces), peeled
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Peanut oil, for frying

In a food processor or on a box grater, coarsely shred the potato and onion. For longer strands, lay the potato sideways in the chute of your food processor. Transfer to a colander or wrap in a cheesecloth sling, and squeeze as dry as possible. Let stand for 2 minutes, then squeeze dry again.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, egg, salt and pepper together. Stir in the potato onion mixture until all pieces are evenly coated.

In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil until shimmering. Drop packed tablespoons of the potato mixture into the skillet and flatten them with the back of a spoon. Cook the latkes over moderately high heat until the edges are golden, about 1 1/2 minutes; flip and cook until golden on the bottom, about 1 minute. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining potato mixture, adding more oil to the skillet as needed.

Do ahead: Latkes are a do-ahead-er’s dream. You can also keep latkes warm in the oven for an hour or more, if you’re waiting for stragglers to arrive. Cooked, they keep well in the fridge for a day or two, or in the freezer, well wrapped, for up to two weeks. Reheat them in a single layer on a cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven until they’re crisp again. Bonus: If you undercooked them a bit or didn’t get the browning on them you’d hoped for, you can compensate for this in the oven.

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255 comments on potato pancakes, even better

  1. ariel

    ripley: that’s the joke. :o)

    I loooove latkes. As a catholic girl with a jewish boyfriend, I ask at every jewish holiday if that one is “latke time”. Glad to see that time for latkes has come again. :o)

  2. So, have you seen the new Lemony Snicket Christmas (yes, Christmas) story? It’s called “The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming.” The illustrations are hysterical — you might get a kick out of it.

  3. Susan

    I came up with these when I was attempting to make hashed browned potatoes when I first started cooking. I could not get them to hold together like they do in a restaurant. I didn’t know it was just a pile of shredds and onions stuck together by frying until their own starch held them together. DUH! So..I just mixed a little pancake batter..without sugar and used it and called them Hash Browns. Until I kept running across latke recipes that were doing the very same thing I had “invented” for hashed browns..LOL! Mine are really good..just like a latke! Ok..so I’m calling them latkes now..alright?.

  4. Susan

    Oh…and I use my little julliene tool now to make the shredds. I like them bigger than a shredder cuts them too. It’s my new favorite gadget for the past year.

  5. Nella

    We too love latkes at our house. We had them for the first time a few years ago at Christmas dinner with baked cornish game hens. I like the “do ahead” factor. Potaotes are my favorite vegetabble and latkes are at the top of the potato list. YUM. Blessed Holiday to you.

  6. Tim

    There isn’t a huge Jewish community here in Adelaide, Australia, so unfortunately I’ve never had a latke in my life. Thanks for the recipe though — that’s about to change!

  7. louise

    HAPPY HANUKAH DEB!
    HAVE YOU EVER MADE SWEET POTATO LATKES? I BOUGHT SOME TODAY.OH I LOVE THE STACEY SNACKS IDEA. I WILL TRY THE SOUR CREAM AND APPLE SAUCE IDEA.THESE DEB, LOOK GREAT INSTEAD OF THE ONES MY MOTHER MADE WITH LEFT-OVER MASH POTATOES.

  8. Yum! I love these. I’ve also made a potato pancake out of leftover mashed potatoes, but not very often since we rarely have leftover mashed potatoes! These are on the menu for tomorrow. Can’t wait. Thanks for the recipe and the great photos.

  9. Amy

    Happy Channukah!
    I make latkes every year, even teach the children at our sunday school how to make them.
    This entire time I’ve been frying them in 1-1 1/2 cups of oil, drenching them and never getting a really crispy Latke. I didn’t know you could do it with only a few tablespoons of oil.
    Funny thing those Latkes. Anytime you make them for someone I find they always sing your praises with “wow these are great, You have to give me the recipe” (thats when I giggle thinking “what recipe?”)

  10. this looks great! i usually don’t try any of your recipes because they are overwhelmingly complicated-looking and involve a lot of ingredients, many of which i don’t have, but they all look quite delicious!

    these look much simpler so i think i’ll give them a try!

    i also love the photography! i always take pictures of my cast iron pan, it seems to photograph quite well! i, too, have made peace with mine. :o)

  11. Kaitlin

    Oh, I love the recipes you post; they make my day. Now if only I could figure out how to really use my food processor, I’d be making some potato magic myself!

    Here’s to a great eight days for you and yours! May you get much more than socks!

  12. Pam

    Are you familiar with the Benriner spiral vegetable slicer? You can create potato strands at least 2 feet long. It’s great! Look on Amazon.
    BTW, those look yummy.

  13. Salena

    I’m Polish and potato pancakes are a staple in my family’s household. We always eat them with applesauce. The very thought of them is making my mouth water! I know what I’m making for dinner tomorrow. :)

  14. Ooh I’m totally with you on desiring long strands in my latkes. I will try this. As soon as I get a food processor. Do you recommend a certain size for all the cooking/baking you do? 9 cups enough? Or do I need to spring for 11 or 14?
    I recently discovered the joy of lox on latkes. So tasty. I might just have to make a post-hanukkah batch.

  15. Love the look of these – hadn’t thought to use the food processor like that (also love the references to the glorious spaghetti monster). Thanks for posting :)

  16. Jeni

    Happy Chanukah!

    I might be a Southern girl, but I look forward to the first night of Chanukah, when I make latkes for whatever family happens to be around. I like using a grater box instead of my food processor – grating creates thinner strands which fry up crispier than shreds, in my opinion. I also prefer to use matzo meal instead of flour – it soaks up things better – but it proved to be hard to find this year.

    We enjoyed them tonight, and I think I might just have to find an excuse to make them tomorrow night, too. A 20lb bag of russets counts as an excuse, right?

  17. Charlotte K

    When I make latkes in a frying pan they always taste raw on the inside. I find I have much better luck baking them in a hot oven. What do you do so that they don’t taste like raw potato and flour?

  18. deensiebat

    I picked up a tip somewhere (maybe egullet?) of putting the ends of your grated onions in the fry oil while it’s heating, resulting in onion-scented oil (and a bit of spattering). i don’t know how appreciable the difference is, but it seems like a nice touch.

  19. I always use matzo meal in my latkes. Have you found a difference between using flour vs matzo meal? I like the texture of the meal but just curious if you’d tried both.

  20. Debbie

    Happy Channukah! I use the same recipe as you except I don’t peel the potatoes and this year I used two egg whites instead of a whole egg.(Hubby on Weight Watchers) LOL

  21. Sarah

    Hi Deb, I know you don’t generally do posts about cookware, but I would LOVE to see a post at least partially devoted to the cast iron pan and your method for cooking in it with no sticking.

  22. Jeff

    This is pretty much they way I’ve made them for years but your photos look great! Unfortunately we just had some mediocre latkes at a friend’s house (the potatoes were CHOPPED in a food processor; no strands! Can you imagine?) but I ate them anyway to be polite. Mark my words, I will be firing up the cast iron before the menorah is full of candles.

    And the large salmon roe made me drool on my keyboard!

  23. Melissa A

    Curious how important your feel the peanut oil is? I try to use more heart healthy oils like olive or canola. I know it shouldn’t matter since it’s not exactly like latkes are healthy food….

  24. love my cast iron skillet. only thing I use for latkes . . . and frankly, most everything else :-) We serve our latkes with applesauce for the first night since we have brisket for dinner, and the second night we serve them with creme fraiche (sp?) and homemade gravlax. I’m not a big fan of latke variations, but there is a curry version that is delicious – you add peas and curry to the latke batter and serve with cucumber raita and whatever chutney you like.

  25. That’s the beauty of food – it spans (joins, even) folks of every religion and makes us appreciate enduring traditions. I bought a cast iron skillet this weekend (my first), in response to overwhelming kudos on this and other posts. I think the pan’s inaugural dish will be these latkes on New Year’s….

  26. deb

    Pam — That sounds like so much fun.

    Maggie — I just have the standard one and it’s good enough for most things — 7 cups, I think.

    Charlotte — Pressing them flat helps them cook evenly; I only have trouble getting the insides to cook on thicker ones, personally. Also, if they’re browning too quickly, you might want to turn down the heat on the stove.

    Ellen — This recipe originally had 1 tablespoon matzo meal in it, but I never have it around and never missed it when I skip it… so, yes, not much of one.

    Sarah — The only trick is to have a well-seasoned frying pan. The best way to keep or get your cast iron seasoned is to avoid cooking acidic things it in and avoiding harsh scrubbing or using soap when washing it. When I finish using mine and it is dry, I rub it very lightly with a neutral oil and turn the heat up on high for a couple minutes then wipe out any excess once it is cooled. This creates a lightly reseasoned surface, and has been a dream come true in terms of keeping a nice dark sheen on the pan. Good luck!

  27. laurie

    Hi Deb. Happy Chanukah! We use Great Grandma’s Magical Grater. It’s a flat rectangle with square holes, resulting in more finely grated potatoes. (My husband and kids do the grating, or it would be food processor all the way, baby.) What kind of cheesecloth do you use, and where do you get it? My mom taught me to let the potato water sit for a few minutes, pour off the liquid and then add the starch back in. I’d love to try yours, but it’s hard with that Fiddler on the Roof song camped out in my brain.

  28. mark

    I was thinking if you wanted to get the longest potato strands possible, try putting one in one of those rotary apple peelers. You’d get yards long strands.

  29. Mmmmmmm latkes. Would you believe I have not only not had any latkes, but didn’t even buy a menorah this year? Law school sucks the religion right out of your soul, I tell you (along with everything else). Six more months, six more months…

  30. I prefer applesauce to sour cream with my latkes, but nice touch with the caviar! I swooned when I saw these latkes – you make them just the way I like them! Happy Hanukkah!

  31. maja

    I’ve never seen potatoe pancakes that look like this! My family is from the East Coast of Canada. We do potato pancakes, but they’d likely frighten you! (They’re grey – yay chemistry!)

  32. These look great! I love the idea of using a cast-iron pan to make the latkes — will have to try it this season. My family always makes latkes with just potatoes, egg, onion, salt and pepper — no flour or matzoh meal. They come out super crispy that way. Also, if you ever feel like going even less peasant, latkes fried in goose fat (or duck fat) are amazing!

  33. DebR

    Latkes, Latkes everywhere!

    I love them but do the old fashioned method of grating them. Thankfully my brothers are a tremendous help-lots of people = lots of latkes!

    Wishing you bright lights and crispy latkes!

    Deb

  34. Molly

    I made my latkes with Yukon Golds this year, because that’s what was in my pantry and we were snowed in. I will never go back to russets. They were the best latkes ever. I use a flour sack dish towel for squeezing out the liquid and it works great.

  35. jen c

    i’ve read your website for about a year now and i constantly fall in love with the recipes and then read the ingredients and get sad… do you have ANY suggestions for a substitute for eggs in something like this – i’ve been able to sub other things for eggs in my baking but what’s a good sub for the stick-it-together, hold-to-it-ive-ness required for popato pancakes (or fish cakes!).

    :)

  36. #43 Mark – ooo, I love that idea, I’ve got one of those (still don’t have a food processor. Nor cable. Yeah, I’m one of those people. The so-far-behind-the-cultural-times-I-might-as-well-be-living-in-the-30’s. And yet I have an iPod Touch and I work in the the tech biz. Go figure.)

  37. I love me some latkes we had them every year, even though I grew up in an Irish Catholic family. Go Figure! But I am an applesauce not a sour cream latke lover!

  38. Jeanne

    They look so delicious. You know, if you leave out the onion they are even better – crisper and browner. I never use onion. Learned from my Russian mother-in-law.

  39. SK

    I used your original recipe last night for my first ever foray into latkes, and they were delicious! I completely agree with your tweaks, I also thought they could have used a wee bit less salt. Thanks for re-posting, I can’t wait to make them again!

  40. Yael

    I love latkes, but can only justify having a couple. I made some last night – red-skinned potatoes! My family loves other veggie latkes – carrots, parsnip, yams, zucchini. My favorite are yams with green onions. There is a Martha Stewart recipe for them, but I just used the combination as inspiration.
    For us, though, Hanukkah is a time for Israeli homemade doughnuts!

  41. I could quite possibly eat my computer screen, they look so good!!! And good bless the flying spaghetti monster! There could be no better way than to pay homage through food! What an excellent choice for a visual inspiration! :) Happy Hanukkah!

  42. maria

    I come from an Italian Catholic family and my mom always made potato pancakes with applesauce. Whoever thought of pairing applesauce and latkes is a genius.

  43. Erin

    My dad’s mother passed away at a young age, when my dad was a teenager. I just made these at home – I’ve never made Latkes before – and my dad cried because they tasted EXACTLY like his childhood, and he never got to know the recipe.

    Thanks, Deb, for the wonderful moment with my dad :D

    Also, I used a medium non-stick Calphalon pan. The first batch weren’t so great, but after that, the pan stayed nice and hot and worked wonderfully.

  44. wren

    Hi Deb from a long time lurker. You are truly one of my favorites – your recipes and witty commentary are a delight. I was taken a back with your link to the flying spaghetti monster site. I am surprised you would link to any site that mocks any religion. A link seems as if you are condoning and have accepted FSM “philosophy “.

  45. Marie M. Conroy

    Cast iron mantra: Hot pan, cold oil, hot pan, cold oil, hot pan, cold oil. Follow this rule and you will have a great cast iron experience. (DO NOT EVER do this with your non-stick. Non-stick must have something in the pan before heating.) If something is stuck on, just pour in a little water – 1 inch, and boil away and maybe scape with a metal spatula. Wait ’til the water and pan have cooled, then dump water in the sink. Again, BE SURE and heat the pan — until HOT, then pour in some cold oil and wipe until clean with paper towels. (Your paper towels may be black to start with. Just keep rubbing and adding oil and rubbing until the paper towel is a faint, light oily color.) Deb, your pan looks perfect.

    If you don’t have cheesecloth, don’t worry. I’ve always used a clean flour sack towel — rinse out, shape the potato into a log and twist away like a big tootsie roll.
    Oy vey, looking at your salmon roe brings back scary memories. Those things frightened me when I was a kid. I still haven’t tryed (tried?) them. Now black caviar, mmmmm.

    Deb, you’ve given us so many gifts this past year. All your wonderful recipes, wit, photos. Many, many thanks. Happy Channukah to you and yours!

  46. Deb, any suggestions for controlling the lingering smell of latkes that seems to last for days? Every time we make them, the entire house smells for about a day. And I mean the whole house. I love latkes, but it gets a little excessive.

  47. Kristin

    Those are so pretty! I was wondering before I read Maggie’s comment about lox on latkes if anyone ever does that instead of caviar. Now I know. I’ll put these on the list of things to try over the holiday.

  48. evilcharity

    made these last night and they turned out great. I never would have thought to use my iron skillet, but it worked beautifully. Thanks!

  49. I’m new to the smitten kitchen but I have to tell you, everything I’ve seen so far makes me want to make it, these gorgeous latkes included. I’m an Irish Catholic girl with two Chinese kids and a part-Native American chef-husband. Needless to say we have some crazy mixed up food traditions in my house. I introduced the girls to latkes last year and they’re clamoring for them again so I’m going to try yours tonight (minus the caviar, sadly – my kids are adventurous eaters but I’m not wasting the really good stuff on the under 10 crowd). Happy Hannukah!

  50. Lois

    I am making latkes for a crowd in a few days. I have a poor ventilation system over my stove, so frying usually results in lots of smoke. My husband thinks I should try to precook the latkes in the oven and then fry them to crisp them up. Do you have any suggestions how to still get crisp latkes without a lot of smoke?

  51. chocoholic

    I have a suggestion to make: not only should you post these mouth watering pics, but you should send us all samples…:) Happy Hanukah and thanks for all of the great recipes.

  52. Aphie

    Made a bunch this eve – wonderful! Didn’t have cheesecloth, so used a flour sack towel instead (straight into washing machine). I found the formula approach very freeing, as I could make more as needed (rather than having a bunch amount of batter turning colors as I fried the rest). Made a wonderful homemade applesauce to go with it. Thanks!

  53. jengod

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I made them for my non-practicing Jewish husband on Christmas Eve. He’s the pickiest eater ever but he said they were excellent and ate ’em all up. I was so proud, and I’m so grateful to you for this wonderful blog. Thank you.

  54. Susan

    I forgot to mention that once the potatoes are grated I use cheesecloth also to drain some of the liquid out of the potatoes, but not all of it.

  55. Chad

    Yum! Thanks for the tips; we’ve been trying recipes, with excellent results, since we found the site only a month or two ago.

    We just made a variation using butternut squash instead of potato: Peel the squash, score lengthwise, and keep peeling (lengthwise again) to get long flat ribbons. Toss in some shredded (goat milk) cheddar and chopped sage for some added flavor. We served ours with a side of cranberries reduced in orange juice and honey.

    Cheers!

  56. Ellen

    My mother used to make these (similar to your recipe but using one of those really old-fashioned four-sided graters) and served with home made apple sauce and sour cream. I am so glad that they were mentioned as a dinner choice — they are a comfort food and so easy to prepare.

  57. deb

    Olive oil would taste great. My only concern about it is its lower smoking temperature, so you’ll want to watch out for that as the latkes are fried at a pretty high temperature.

  58. Hey, I found no difference in potato pancakes with potato and onion shreds soaked in cold water and then drained first, and the way you do it. Why go to all that trouble. Thanks for that! But why bother buying cheesecloth when you can just use an OLD CLEAN TOWEL? Also I use canola oil. I bet peanut oil is good but canola is just fine. Hats off as usual, Deb. The caviar looks killer.

  59. deb

    Not having a washer/dryer in our apartment, or buliding, our preference is to create less laundry. Plus, cheesecloth was made for tasks like this, it works beautifully and absorbs nothing.that said, in the absence of our laundry melodrama or cheesecloth an old towel works as well.

  60. These are sooo good! I made them with applesauce for a light dinner last night…and my previously-skeptical boyfriend made off with a few of them and a squirt of ketchup while I was eating…and then came back for more later on! I love that the recipe is so easy I already memorized it, too!

  61. Hey, I was looking for a potato pancake recipe and came across yours, which was nice b/c I like your site and have stopped by before…

    Anyhoo, just wanted to let you know that if you own a salad spinner, it also does an awesome job of drying the shredded potato without too much effort.

    Thanks for all your great posts!

  62. I used red potatoes because I was reaaaaaaally hungry for some potato pancakes, and I used green onions and a wee bit of basil (on accident). Super tasty jum-jums!

  63. Sandy

    I just tried these, and OMG are they yummy! I used my v-slicer to make the super-thin julienne (as fast as the food processor, and way easier to clean). And when they were done, I topped mine with sour cream and some prosciutto I had leftover.

  64. pwatters

    My Oma used to make potato pancakes for us. I loved them! She once sent me on a train trip with a batch, warning me that the smell would have people coming out of the woodwork and dang it, she was right! If I had known potato pancakes could help me make friends!

  65. Katie

    We eat my Bubbe’s Latkes with homemade cranberry applesauce and sour cream, but they are really good with just cinnamon and sugar! My father and I are the latke team and every year we get together for every channukah and christmaskah dinner and make the latkes.

  66. Carrie

    I did a taste test with russet potato pancakes and yukon gold potato pancakes.
    yukon gold won hands down. They were crispy on the outside and creamy in the middle. Also no more grey batter…
    I understands the cheesecloth method…but don’t you want the potato starch left at the bottom of the bowl after pressing the potato and onion water out?

  67. QL7

    These are one of the first things I learned to cook MANY years ago. My Ma always made them on Fridays along with salmon patties and that’s how I have to have them. My Ma also served them with a side of cottage cheese. Again, that’s the way I have to have ’em! Thanks to the food processor, I make them all the time. I’ll try the cheesecloth method next time.

  68. Rebecca

    My family was having burgers for lunch, and I suggested making latkes as a substitue for french fries (I can’t eat fried foods due to acid reflux). My sister objected because she “doesn’t like latkes” but my dad vetoed her veto so I made these. I noticed my sister eating more latkes than anyone else and when I asked her about it, she said, “These are much better than the other ones I had.” Before this I had never even eaten, much less made, latkes and I’m glad they turned out so well on the first try!

  69. Oh my *goodness* these were good and came together so quickly and easily even without a food processor (didn’t want to wake anyone before they were done).

    I paired mine with a loosely adapted chili garlic hot sauce sauce from the Lee Bros new cookbook (p49-50) and a dab of sour cream. Yummmm.

  70. Lara

    I plan to make these tonight – have you ever tried russet/sweet potato blend?? I bought three types of potatoes today and thought I would try a mix.

  71. Linda

    I use red potatoes for my potato pancakes – I like the texture better.

    I used my big KitchenAid ProLine food processor for a lot of things but a few months ago I purchased a few Kuhn Rikon hand shredders and slicers at Home Sense (your TJ MAXX in USA) for $10 each.

    Here is the link
    http://www.amazon.com/Kuhn-Rikon-Quick-Julienne-Mandoline/dp/B000WFFGS4

    They do the most amazing job of julienning and slicing. I pull them out to use much more often than the food processor. They rinse easily and quickly and make very quick work of potatoes for potato pancakes, carrots for salads or garnishes, etc. I even bought a set for one of my daughters who doesn’t have room for a food processor on her counter.

  72. Ali

    I made these tonight for my Hanukkah dinner, and they were delicious! I loved using the cheesecloth! Plus, I found that the potatoes didn’t really get brown from oxidation…Really easy and very crispy. I think I’ll be making some more tomorrow night to have with my leftover brisket! :)

  73. johanna

    I made these tonight for a hanukkah gathering. They were good. But not perfect, in my opinion. I think the flour in the batter made them a bit too dense and may have prevented them from getting as crispy as I had hoped. I think they would be delicious as you served them, Deb, with salmon caviar. But as a side dish (served with pan fried flounder and braised fennel) I wanted them to be a bit more crisp and less dense, more rosti-like. I would try this recipe again next time with less flour — maybe 1 tbs per potato.

  74. Jenn

    These were great! I tripled the recipe and the onion flavor was a little too strong. I think I’ll halve the amount of onion in a large batch next time. I’ve always been too intimidated to make these, but they were surprisingly simple to make. I made them for my mom, who loves potato pancakes, and she liked them a lot. I served them with creme fraiche and my homemade apple sauce.

  75. Homa

    I’m a longtime fan of this blog but this is the first recipe I’ve tried — so good! Thank you for sharing, I still can’t believe you manage to keep the blog updated with so much else going on. I have a 16 month old and can’t get much done, usually. :)

  76. Alyssa

    Thank you for the tip that you added about re-heating these in the oven. My latkes came out a little undercooked, and once I popped them in for ten minutes or so, they were much crispier, like I hoped they would be!

  77. Deb, Once again you’ve delivered a foolproof recipe that will enter heavy rotation in my kitchen. I made this recipe today and the latkes turned out so good! I really appreciate the simplicity of the instructions and now want to make all sorts of veggie pancakes!

    I didn’t have any cheesecloth, but found a double layer of paper towels just as effective at wringing out all of the moisture.

    Thanks for seeking out and sharing the very best recipes for all of the foods we crave!

  78. Kat

    Oh my gosh. I made these this morning half-asleep (I’m only awake now, after coffee) They turned out amazing. I’m Jewish, and I have been craving latkes since my grandmother passed. I’m happy to say these measured up perfectly.
    Thank you so much!

  79. Morgan

    These look absolutely wonderful, and will be made in the very near future.

    As for the great cheesecloth debate, my parents’ have long since trained me in a wonderful trick. Works for drying salad greens too. You just need a little space, which in an apartment I understand is at a premium.

    Toss whatever needs drying into a clean old pillowcase. Give the open end a twist, and start swinging it around your head. It’ll be dry in no time. For those with kids, toss them into the backyard with it, just remind them they’re not meant for pillow fights!

  80. Yasi

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I made these on Saturday AND Sunday morning for my family and we LOVED them. Like you said, the latkes made a perfect “bed” for resting fried eggs on. Yum! I also chopped some chives and sprinkled them on top to add some colour. Thanks :)

  81. Nicole

    so good! made these as a quick side with some grilled chicken. since it’s just me and my roommate we have plenty of leftovers, but I think they will be perfect in the morning with eggs, as suggested :)

  82. Judy

    Had family ln for Thanksgiving and decided to do an early Chanukah celebration while they were all here. My daughter amd I made your simple but delicious recipe and everyone loved the results! Thanks for helping our family time be even more special!

  83. Susan

    I’ve noticed a lot of recipes call for baking powder which I’ve never put in my latkes and notice you don’t have either. Do you know what the baking powder does?

    Sadly, I don’t have a cast iron skillet, at least not yet. Do you have any recommendations for those of us without one?

    1. deb

      Susan — I actually might test this out today. I added it to the apple latkes I posted yesterday to lighten them up a little, but I’m not positive it made a difference. I might do a half-batch with and without, just to see. I’d use the heaviest skillet you have.

  84. Susan

    I made these tonight and they are hands down the best latkes I have ever made and I’ve been making them as an adult for over 20 years. I used 4x the recipe and added 2 tsp of baking powder. I used canola oil, not peanut oil– in a heavy skillet, but not a cast iron skillet. I think the cheesecloth is the trick.

  85. Susan

    One other thing I did — when they came out of the pan, I put them on a cooling rack — what I use for cookies. The oil just dripped off. Underneath the cooling rack I had paper towels on a cookie sheet to soak up the mess.

    1. deb

      sally — Is it because of the uneveness of the heat source underneath? Mine get darker in the center, lighter at the edges of the pan. I just juggle them around a lot, giving them rotations into the hotter parts when needed.

  86. Layla

    I made these yesterday- I thought if we made enough we could take them to his family’s house for Hanukkah, but instead we ate them all. It did make about a dozen with the size we made them (small~). We used canola instead of peanut. The only skillet at my boyfriend’s is teeny-tiny, so we used a saucepan and let me tell you, flipping the latkes was horrendous. Not sure if they were perfect, but I don’t think there’s a way to go wrong with potato+oil+heat.

    Somewhat related- I made sufganiyot for the first time a few days ago. Have you ever made it? It’s delicious. Much better than buying donuts, and super easy, too.

  87. Kat

    I have never eaten or even seen latkes in the flesh before, but am looking for an alternative to frozen hash browns for Christmas brunch.

    The thing is, I have a pathological aversion to pancakes (a long and gross story involving vomiting them back up!). So I am wondering if latkes are more like pancakes or more like a rosti? I am hoping the latter, and that is certainly what they look like!

  88. Danielle

    Hi — Used this for my first ever attempt at making latkes. Worked out *really* well. Just one thing: the recipe says to portion the mix in packed teaspoons. I found that packed tablespoons worked much better for the size I was going for. Thought this might come in handy for the other newbies. Thanks for the recipe!

  89. I made these for the first time tonight to celebrate the fifth night of Hanukkah. They turned out wonderfully. Anyone have suggestions on toppings? I know people do applesauce and sour cream, I can attest to how good they are with sriracha.

    This and your family’s kugel recipe made for a nice meal, thank you.

  90. Hillary

    Aaah, so good! My first year making latkes (47 but who’s counting) and they went over very well – definitely going to be a mainstay for brunches from now on! Thanks Deb!

  91. I made latkes for the first time yesterday – I’d never even eaten one before. They are super tasty and I can’t wait to try them one saturday morning for breakfast. I didn’t even peel the potatoes, just washed them well. Thanks for another great recipe.

  92. becky

    Generally I love your recipes, but in latkes we disagree. These are indeed tasty, but I think this (and the apple latke) recipe is much too “cake-y” for my taste. For me, there should only be enough egg and flour to somewhat bind the potato and onion together while you spoon it onto the pan. So, for those folks who haven’t ever had latkes before it should be noted that these are much more like a cake and much less like a fritter than is traditional in my experience.

  93. André, from Brazil

    I just cooked some for me and my parents. We had them with generous chunks of steamed salmon, a malagueta & jabuticaba sauce and a salad for a very light evening snack. I had no trouble converting the ingredients, but I was afraid the batter was too dry and added another egg. It became runny and — quelle tristesse! — I had to double the recipe. I cooked them in a titanium skillet and skipped the oil so mine weren’t as golden and pretty as yours. I should probably have added some oil to the batter. As I am a terrible cook, I loved the simplicity and how it all turned out so well in the end.

    Thank you very much Deb! I love your blog. Good luck with the book!

  94. bell

    Oh Lordy, these are delish. I made them this evening when my parents came for dinner and served it with some baked sea bass and green salad from my garden. My father, notorious for his finicky eating, always leaves his favourite part of the meal until last, and sure enough there they were, the last thing remaining on his plate and then…gone! Thanks for the great recipe, as usual.

  95. Those look amazing. The version topped having a poached egg is appropriate & up my alley. I’ll definitely make these in the morning earlier than later.

  96. my husbands family is German and they ate their pancakes with catsup. My family was Irish and we ate ours with strawberry jam. That’s how we eat them now. If you are in a hurry you can use refrigerated shredded non-seasoned hashbrowns. They still come out pretty good. Love the pictures

  97. Kate

    A great tip that I’ve used for getting the most water out of the grated potato and onion mix is to put the whole mix into a salad spinner. It gets out SO much more water than a cheese cloth, making browning and crisping even easier!

  98. Meg

    I made these today and they were fab. Served them with sour cream and homemade apple sauce. I used a pound and a half of potatoes and was debating whether to throw in an extra egg, but they came out great using just the one. Yum!

  99. Sarah

    Is there any way to make them without flour or eggs? I’m making them for my son’s school and one of his friends has really bad allergies. Thanks!

  100. lisa

    Hi all,

    Quick question! I don’t want to shred all these potatoes by hand, so I’m planning to buy hashbrowns. Does anyone know how many cups shredded 3 lbs of potatoes yields?

    Thank you!

  101. Shelly

    Deb, I’d like to make these for a party but I need to scale the number of latkes up and I’m having trouble believing you get a dozen latkes — even 3-inch ones — out of 1 potato and 1 onion??

  102. Shelly

    Update: Made these (x20 the recipe — yes, x20. We were feeding 30 people). I lost count of how many we got but everyone ate several and we had leftovers. These came out fantastic and stayed yummy in a warm oven too. I did notice that even with squeezing out the potatoes (with a cheese cloth as you suggested — brilliant idea), the batter continue to let off liquid so we continued to drain as we went. Not a big deal. I’ll definitely make these again!

  103. Laura

    I made these tonight and they are wonderful. I was really surprised how much flavor they had. I was also surprised just how much liquid comes out of grated potato and onion. WOW. Anyway, these will be going on the permanent family dinner lists for sure. Yummy. Better yet, from start to finish, it took less then an hour to make.

  104. Erica

    Wow,we’re these good! The only thing missing? Directions for how to stop eating them. Ohhhh, how I regret my choices the day after.

  105. Victoria

    I made these the other night, and they were positively delicious, but I have to ask for some advice. While I was grating the onion, what must have been the great flood started gushing out of my eyes. I’d heard of chewing gum while chopping onions but this was seriously no match. My hands also still have a faint smell of onions 2 days later! (and yes, I’ve washed them several times!!)

    Any advice, especially on the grating and crying part? I don’t have a food processor, and I probably won’t be able to get one any time soon, so if you or any other readers can reveal any tips or secrets, I’d be forever grateful! (get it, “grate”ful?? I crack myself up)

  106. Victoria

    HA! Those are fantastic. Maybe I’ll just wear my swimming goggles. They are just as fashionable too ;) Thanks so much for the quick response!

  107. Bayla

    Is it possible to keep the raw potato mixture in the fridge for a while, or do they need to be fried right away? Will the potato go brown? I’d be grateful for any advice! thank you.

  108. Bayla

    Thank you for responding! I actually quadrupled the recipe and ended up with 45 latkes…..they were SO GOOD that this was not enough for 8 people!! Everyone loved them and said they were the best ever. I used white pepper as that’s what I had, and it added a lovely flavor. Thank you Deb for another winner!

  109. Alicia

    This was key in making my kickass sausage and latke Saturday brunch today, so thank you. I made the latkes out of turnips because I had a ton of them, they turned out great! In a cast iron skillet I first fried some sausage patties and then put the latkes in, adding a little extra fat to brown the second round (turnips are thirsty). While those were cooking I washed the turnip greens and then threw them into the pan when the latkes came out. Tasty enough to consider doing again tomorrow.

  110. Wow, delighted by just seeing the photo, i decided i will cook this dish right away.. and i did… It turned out well. Thanks for the simple, delicious snack.

  111. I will definitely be making these tomorrow. I grew up with potatoe pancakes made from left over mashed potatoes, egg and milk. They are truly the peasants version of this recipe. I will have to give yours a try. They look amazing.

    1. deb

      Susan — There’s no reason not to use matzo meal. Personally, I can’t stand the taste of matzo so prefer to use flour. Plus, it’s an accessible ingredient; everyone has it.

    1. deb

      Jenn — The NPR story refers not to this latkes recipe, but to one in The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, which was released this week. The recipe isn’t terribly different (save the addition of baking powder, 1 teaspoon) but it makes a few large pancakes that are the perfect base for a fried egg.

  112. Beth

    I’ve made this recipe many times and it is one of our favorites. What does the baking powder add?

    P.S. I got my cookbook yesterday! It is beautiful. I can’t wait to start cooking from it :)

  113. Sharel

    I’ve not made potato pancakes since my children were small! Brings back nice memories.
    P.S. I hard the your interview on NHPR the other day and I’ll look for your beautiful cookbook.

  114. Rosemary

    I know this isn’t the exact recipe, but I made these after your NPR interview the other day. I LOVE potato pancakes after having eaten a ton of them at German festivals growing up. I especially liked the tip about reheating in the oven. Yesterday morning, I heated one up and put it on my husband’s breakfast taco.

  115. bethtanya

    When putting them in the oven to keep warm, it is best to put them on a rack on top of a cookie sheet, im my opinion, for maximum crispness.

    Happy Chanukah everyone.

  116. Joana

    Hi Deb! I followed the cheesecloth and “grate em long” tips and my latkes were great. Everyone loved them. I did do one thing differently. Mark Bittmann says Matzo meal or breadcrumbs. I had breadcrumbs to use up, so those went in. Happy Chanukah and I’m looking forward to getting your book when I’m in the States!

  117. Melanie

    Deb:
    I’ve been makng latkes for friends and family for 25 years (my husband fell in love with me after tasting them at a hannukah party!) and I use the same basic recipe you do with one extra secret step to create yellow super crispy never-greyish latkes: After wrappng in the cheescloth, squeeze the liquid into a big measuring cup and let it sit for a minute; pour off the liquid (which i sometimes replace with milk) and STIR THE POTATO STARCH BACK INTO THE POTATO MIXTURE. I think i read this orignally in a GOurmet magazine feature ut it works like a charm every time. Happy Channukah!

  118. ALI

    these were a big hit at chanukah dinner tonight. thanks for the recipe. i made one batch with russet potatoes and one with sweet potatoes and actually fried them in coconut oil. the sweets were a home run but they were both delicious.

  119. adrienne

    My only adjustment would be to use matzoh meal instead of flour. They taste better that way, and it’s more in keeping with Jewish tradition (at least at Channukah). I also love the suggestion of using sweet potatoes – must try!

  120. David Zeve

    just used your recipe and had they were fantastic. I had made a hatch green chili sauce yesterday and used some of the sauce to enhance the flavor which worked beautifully! Thanks for having a great recipe!

  121. Lesley

    I made your latkes last night instead of the ones I’ve been perfecting for nearly 40 years. First, I went out and bought myself some cheesecloth and a new Cuisinart. Shredding…? twisting out the water…? Who knew! They came out perfect–beautiful and crispy. Best of all, they were a real gourmet upgrade for my Chanukah tradition. Thank you!!

  122. Witloof

    I have a friend with celiac and I’ve been frying latkes for her and her family for over a decade {it’s my annual Hanukah present to them: I stand at the stove and fry until everyone groans and begs me to stop.} She can’t eat flour or matzo meal, so I just leave it out. I have discovered that not only do you not need any kind of binder except eggs, the latkes are even crisper and more potatoey without it. I soak the shred in cold water while we light the menorahs and then just use whatever potato starch accumulates on the bottom of the bowl.

  123. Witloof

    Oh, and PS: if you twist the edges of the towel around the handle of a wooden spoon, you get much better leverage and more liquid out of the potatoes.

    I mince my onions and add them after the potatoes are dried.

  124. JP

    Cook’s Illustrated just came out with a new potato latke recipe where you do not peel the potatoes (just scrub them) before grating and uses no flour or matzoh meal to bind them, just egg and the starch from the potato water that you drain off. We made them last night and I am here to tell you that they are the crispest latkes we have ever eaten. You would be amazed at how good they are! Mazel tov!

  125. Eliina

    Made these for a Hanukkah dinner last night and everyone loved them! I had only made latkes from a mix before and these were amazing.

  126. Calvin Knight

    Great Recipe My daughter can’t have gluten so I swapped out the flour for a Gluten free flour mix and it was a BIG HIT. Easy, Quick and delicious what more could you want.

  127. Michelle

    I made these for New Years today. It’s a foamy tradition to make these. Problem, my mothers are never crispy enough so I am always looking for a recipe that I love. I just found it. It was a huge hit with my picky son and husband! They both ate tons. Thank you :)

  128. Hannah Haws

    Just wanted to post that these were my life saver today .. warded off all morning sickness and satisfied my 18 month old all in one. We love them and we are so glad to have stumbled across this recipe in your amazing cookbook … The Olive Oil & Fig Challah (forgive me if I’m mis-naming it) is on the rise as we speak. <3 Thank you!

  129. These look perfect for my brunch potluck dish. Have you tried using sweet potatoes? I’m trying to avoid nightshades as a potential allergy food. Love your book and your blog – so inspiring! -Sara

  130. Julie

    Never made potato pancakes before, except from leftover mash. This recipe was super simple and the pancakes turned out perfectly. One person commented that they were a little too dense, but I loved them! Are they supposed to be dense?

    1. deb

      Julie — Re, dense, it depends on what one expects from their pancakes. I aim for crisp and tangly. But, if someoene is used to ones that are mashed in the center, they may seem harder.

  131. Rachel

    I loved this recipe! I’ve been searching for a good one since I had potato pancakes in Sweden. I added tiny bits of chopped up ham and served with strawberry (or lingonberry) jam just like how the Swedes I know eat them.

  132. KellyMc

    The mixture turned into a watery, crazy mess in the bowl, despite vigorous squeezing. Don’t get me wrong, they taste amazing, but such a pain to make!

  133. Mary K.

    Just made these for dinner! They were awesome! My husband thought so too! I did one batch with Russets and one with Sweets!! Thank you for a great, easy weeknight dinner.

  134. Fantastic Recipe! I really like the reference to FSM. :) I struggled with potato pancakes for a while until I learned about the removal of the moisture using the cheesecloth. Thanks for all the great info!

  135. Michaelynn

    Awesome! I made these today. I searched them with some Greek yogurt. I had jam available too, we didn’t end up using any. It makes a great Sunday brunch.

    1. deb

      Yes, well, 99%. These days, I actually add a little baking powder too. I know it’s sacrilegious, but oh, the lift they get! For this recipe, I’d add a 1/2 teaspoon. Totally up to you if you’d like to; they work either way.

  136. Jennifer

    Stop me if this is a bonehead question. But, if you are making these ahead, what is the process? If I am serving them right away, I just drain and serve. But for the make ahead, do I drain, cool, and freeze them in a single layer between waxed paper, etc.? Or just cool and freeze them without draining?

    1. deb

      Jennifer — Yes, drain briefly on towels, no need to fully cool, then spread in one layer on a tray in the freezer, once firm and will no longer stick together, stack them in a freezer bag.

  137. Kate

    I made these the other day for Heritage Day at my son’s school. My husband was my tester, as I am gluten free. I actually had to tell him to STOP eating them. They were a huge success, not a single one left over. I will be making another batch in a few days for Hanukkah. I was beaming when my Jewish friends asked for the recipe as I am a convert. Thank you!!

  138. Jodi

    I am making latkes for the first time and trying to save some time by shredding the potatoes the night before. Would you suggest levying the potatoes in water? Also, Im having about 16 people how would you convert this recipe?

    1. deb

      Peanut oil has a very high smoking point and is excellent for deep-frying. (A lot of restaurants use it for french fries.) You can use another oil if you prefer. I don’t recommend pre-shredding; I think the potatoes get soggy. I do, however, make the whole batch of latkes in advance (I made 5x this recipe this afternoon!) and freeze them until needed. They reheat well; can be re-crisped in the oven.

  139. Beth

    This is the third year in a row I’ve used your recipe for latkes. It tastes like memories and happiness and my husband can’t control himself because they’re so delicious.
    Thank you for this and dozens of other recipes I’ve used and loved.

  140. Linda Church

    Made today and appreciated your tips! I also did them with GF flour blend and tossed in some xantham gum for good measure (1/4tsp)…this gf thing is new so I never know when I need a gum added. Thanks again!

  141. Stacey

    I just made it this morning and my kids actually love it. They went to school with their stomachs full and faces dirty ;)

  142. Nadya Tichman

    Dear Deb,

    Thank you so much for the latke recipe! I have tried so many recipes that didn’t work well. The last few Channukahs I just gave up and made rosti. Your recipe makes the best latkes my family has ever tasted.

    Happy Hannukah!

    Nadya

  143. Kristen

    i made these tonight and they were hands down the best latkes i’ve ever made. when i first grated the onions i thought “whoa, that’s a LOT of onion.” but then i ate a finished latke, and realized that it was the exact right amount of onion. and squeezing the potatoes in the cheesecloth is so satisfying! i only made one small adjustment: after grating the potatoes in the fp, i put about 1/3 of them back into the fp with the regular blade and pulsed about 15 times until the pieces were about 1/2″ long, then mixed them back in with the longer strands. i like the way the shorter pieces act as a mortar and give the latke a little more body.

  144. kb

    For those asking about egg and/or flour substitutes – you can skip egg and just use some of the starchy water you drain out from the potatoes. i like to add a little chickpea flour (in addition to regular flour) when i skip the egg, because it helps everything bind nicely. if you want to skip the flour altogether you could just swap out for some chickpea flour (probably not 1:1). Thanks, deb, for the tips on prepping in advance – -will be trying that this weekend. happy hanukkah!

  145. Yael

    It was amazing to see how much water came out after the cheese cloth squeeze, and the starch that was left was visible. Also, i liked that unlike other latkes I tried before, your recipe made a point of making a little “roux” of eggs and flours first. No flour pockets, no uneven mix. Thank you!

  146. CareBearNJ

    I made these again this year and they are still delicious :) I do save the potato starch when draining and mix it in with the eggs/flour, but I mostly like to play with starch. Thixotropy!! Science!!

    I tripled the recipe and still had to shoe my husband away to make sure I had some to save!

  147. Susan H.

    I made this recipe for the last night of Chanukah and increased all of the ingredients to accommodate a 5 lb bag of potatoes. The cheese cloth squeeze was a great tip (I’d been using — and ruining — kitchen towels in the past). The proportions were spot on and the end result was a perfectly flavored and textured latke.

  148. quietriver

    Yum yum yum thats looks great! I so love potatoes. I’m coming up with a literal potato pancake. So far pancake #3 has been the best fluffy, and almost creamy tasty with a little syrup. But still sticks like an s.o.b to my cheap pan. It has to be the pan. I’ll come back here later once I get the oil, flour, and egg ratio figured out. And cook it on my thick old school pan (sadly not cast iron. a close second xD)

  149. quietriver

    Ok this recepie is in need of much tweaking. I had 4-5 potatoes that were getting a little soft. I hate wasting food so…:

    Peal the poatatoes, boil them for 45 mins. Drain, mast with fork or hand mixer. add in 3 tbsp of butter 1 tsp of salt, 1 1/2 cup flour, 3 eggs, 1 cup of milk, 2 tsp of water, 4 tbsp of oil (give or take what kind of pan you have.) 3 tbsp of baking powder 1 tbsp of sugar, 2 tsp of parsley. Mix well. Pour onto a well greased frying pan, flip over, when edges look ‘dryer’ and the bubbles stay open. Good luck use a plastic spatulia and work around the edges of the pancake, let it rest then fee teh midle. :P

    I’m missing something, thats why they stick, however they taste yummy so have fun with this and see if you can get them to stop sticking if you can you’ll have a beautiful fluffy pancake :)

  150. quietriver

    Never mind it was awful recipe four of them came out right then the rest just stuck and made an mess. I definitely will be getting some cheese cloth and trying your yummy crunchy potato pancakes :D

  151. well-marbled mom

    I’ve only just discovered your web site. Where have you been all my life? Love the recipe! (It is almost identical to mine!) It is nice to know I can use flour instead of matzo meal, as I never have it around, and I agree wholeheartedly about the shreds, a latke without shreds is like Hanukkah without, well, latkes! I can’t wait to try the cheese cloth trick as well. As far as serving suggestions, my Russian great-grandparents always served sour cream and caviar on tiny crispy latkes, at any time of the year, at Hanukkah, latkes were served with applesauce as well. Somewhere along the line we added sour cream alone to the rotation. My husband’s kosher family served them at meat meals with applesauce or sugar. More recently, we have hosted some latke parties at Hanukkah, and added smoked salmon, and believe it or not, duck sauce and mango chutney (with or without yogurt), for a more exotic twist, are both delicious on latkes.

  152. DLG

    Hi there! Sorry for the excessively late question, but like you said latkes are a year-round food. I don’t own an oven. Do you have any advice regarding making them ahead of time and then reheating them on the stove top in a pan? Thank you!

    1. deb

      DLG — Do you have a microwave? Might be easiest to defrost or warm them up there, and then just use the skillet to re-crisp the edges. Also, when you’re making them to store them, you can go a little lighter on the cooking color, so when you re-crisp/reheat them and they get a shade darker, it won’t seem overcooked.

  153. Marguerite

    I just made two batches of these, and they are in the freezer. They came out beautifully. I will be reheating them in a 400 degree oven, as you previously suggested — should I defrost them first?

  154. If you want long strands – try the spiralizer! Also, Marcy Goldman has a whole new take on latkes – called Marcy Goldman’s New Way Famous Potato Latkes found on her betterbaking.com site. Fabulous taste and because she cooks the potatoes in water for 10 minutes first, they do not turn black. So, you can make the latke batter at the beginning of Hannukah and then make a few each night. Worth trying! I love them.

  155. Jacquie Katz

    I love your post and am re-inspired to do the ‘Hanukkah Thing”! Adding caviar to my shopping list though. So lovely to see a reminder that Hanukkah starts next Sunday!

  156. Morgan

    Made these tonight and they were RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS. I’ve never been able to make latkes/ any vegetable fritter with any real success and I’m not sure what was right this time, but I was oh so happy. My mom made & home canned a pear sauce this summer and they were such a great pair. I had latkes, pear sauce, asparagus and some of ikea’s hot smoked salmon.. perfect dinner? I think so.

  157. Prajakta

    Hey,
    I loved your website the moment I stumbled upon it. I’m Indian, and have never had any reason to make Latkes, but they look gorgeous, and am tempted to try. Have you tried rice-flour instead of regular for any kind of fritters? It soaks up water very well, and will help make them more crisp. (I wouldn’t skip using the cheesecloth though).

  158. bsw

    Easiest batch I ever made with one huge faux paus. I should not have mulitiplied the amt of salt. I put a tablespoon and 1/2 t for 4 pounds of potatoes and it’s too much. I hope no one notices how salty they are. I’m not much of a salt user. OK, I guess they can use extra applesauce or sour cream.

  159. Ann

    Deb, I hope you check back on older posts because I have one question the rest of the web can’t seem to answer. First – I’m not Jewish but my best friend of 36 years IS. Her mom taught me and mine are better than my friend’s now. (I don’t dare say that about her mom’s.) I grate long, squeeze mercilessly and use matzoh. My only “tweak” is sometimes adding fresh dill to half a recipe – nice with sour cream. Now the issue – I’ve seen a recipe that parboiled the shredded potatoes for 3 minutes before mixing the batter. Another person (not the recipe author) SWEARS this batter can sit in the fridge for a few days without turning grey/black (or the strange pink I got when not properly squeezing out water and starch) and SWEARS they they taste equally delicious. All week long, at a moment’s notice, she can make however many latkes she needs! I believe the “no turning colors” because they are, at least partially, cooked. I question the “equally delicious” claim. That discussion began and ended in 2005 and yours has recent comments so here I am. I don’t want to do this twice and if this works it would save my sanity on party day. Have you ever tried this and/or do you have an opinion? Thanks!

  160. bsw

    latkes were a HUGE hit. – not too salty at all for anyone. Had to share the link with all who wwer lucky enough to partake. I used more oil than called for and ended up removing quite a bit. Used with an electric skillet to avoid cleaning to avoid cleaning the stove again. Reheated and everyone marveled at crisp they were. Thanks to whoever suggested reheating on a rack.

  161. deb

    Ann — I haven’t made it with the parboiled potatoes but my guess is that it works fine but it yields a very different texture, a softer-centered one, perhaps closer to mashed potatoes. This, too, is a traditional kind of latke; I just prefer the ropier, more textured one. The thing with browning is that I’m of course no food scientist but it’s always very distressing to see and yet I find completely disappears once that batter is mixed and cooked. It’s like it never happened. You’d never know. So, although I don’t exactly delight in a gray batter, if the color begins changing when I’m making it, I don’t fuss because I know it will be gone in a couple minutes. Hope that helps

  162. deb

    Bear — Nope, that should be tablespoon. Can’t believe it took 248 comments for someone to point it out! (And as always, adjust size to taste. I like them tiny, but they are more traditionally more of a 2-tablespoon thing.)

  163. Kris

    I’ve always been wary of trying latkes because every recipe I’ve ever tried that asks me to bring potatoes from fully raw to fully cooked using only a frying pan has always turned out badly for me (I always pre-boil my potatoes for home fries now!). But these worked…maybe latkes are the recipe for beginner potato-fryers! Thank goodness I bought 3 one-pound potatoes though – your latkes must be REALLY really mini to be able to get 12 out of one potato! Mine were still quite small – probably 4 inches across, some of them maybe 5 inches max, and I got 22 out of 3 potatoes. Also, I am wondering if you’ve ever tried making them by just leaving out the flour entirely? I used a gluten-free AP since some of my guests were celiac and that worked fine, but there’s so little flour in the recipe and there is already egg in there, so I wonder if the flour is really necessary at all?

    1. deb

      Kris — Yes, I definitely make them small, just a 2-3″ across. These days — and yes, need an update here — I use potato starch instead of flour. It’s a better fit, a little lighter and more crisp, plus also gluten-free.

  164. Parsley

    Jen C. (commenter #51) and I are wondering, how would you make latkes if someone forced you to make them sans eggs? Can it be done somewhat properly? I love this recipe as is, but two of us can’t eat eggs anymore/right now. Can you help?!