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 December 9, 2012  Posted by  Food, Hanukkah, Recipes
Latke recipe

The most delicious part of Hanukkah is latkes — potato pancakes fried in sizzling oil. They are easy to make and are most typically served with sour cream and apple sauce. But there are other variations as well. We’ll start with a basic recipe and then learn about some tasty twists on the tradition.

Basic Latkes


  • 2 cups white potatoes, shredded (about 4 potatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • Corn, canola, or vegetable oil for frying


  • Squeeze excess liquid from potatoes by putting in strainer and pushing down with a towel. You can also wring in cheesecloth.
  • Combine all the ingredients except for the oil.
  • Heat oil in frying pan into very hot.
  • Spoon mixture into frying pan into pancakes about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Brown on one side, then flip and brown the second side.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve hot with apple sauce and sour cream.


This is the traditional approach to latkes, but you can use your own taste to create new recipes. Somehow they never turn out bad. Some ideas to get the creative juices flowing:

  • Use sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, and add raisins.
  • Add avocado.
  • Add jalapeno.
  • Really in a rush? Use instant mashed potatoes instead of grated potatoes.
  • Get those veggies in. Shred broccoli stems, zucchini or carrots and add to the mixture.
  • Get creative with toppings. Try mango salsa, pesto or honey. Those in the know say you can put anything on a latke. Some people even dip in ketchup.

Jody Mace

Jody Mace is a freelance writer who has written for publications like O Magazine, Washington Post, and Parents. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two teenaged kids. Her colleagues are dogs named Harlow and Shaggy. She publishes Charlotte on the Cheap and takes the “cheap” seriously. For fun she plays mandolin and browses at her local Goodwill Store, where she is “Foursquare Mayor,” as long as that Russell G. doesn’t steal it from her again. You can see her celebration of thrift store finds at Thrift Wrecks.

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