A latke is a traditional Jewish potato pancake, typically associated with Hanukkah celebrations. It is made from grated potatoes mixed with flour, eggs, and seasonings, then fried until golden brown and crispy.


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Latkes are often served with applesauce or sour cream. They are a delicious and popular dish during Hanukkah, symbolizing the oil that miraculously burned for eight days in the Hanukkah story.


  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled

  • 1 medium onion

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (or matzo meal for a Passover-friendly version)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  • Grate the potatoes and onion: Using a box grater or a food processor fitted with a grating blade, grate the potatoes and onion. You can also finely chop the onion if you prefer smaller onion pieces in your latkes.
  • Drain excess liquid: Place the grated potatoes and onion in a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. This step helps to ensure crispy latkes.
  • Combine ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated potatoes and onion with the beaten eggs, flour, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  • Heat oil: In a large skillet or frying pan, heat about 1/4 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. You can test if the oil is ready by dropping a small bit of the potato mixture into the oil – it should sizzle immediately.
  • Form latkes: Using your hands or a spoon, scoop up about 1/4 cup of the potato mixture and form it into a flat pancake shape. Gently place the latke into the hot oil, being careful not to overcrowd the pan.
  • Fry until golden brown: Cook the latkes for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and crispy. You may need to adjust the heat to prevent them from burning.
  • Drain and serve: Once cooked, transfer the latkes to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil. Serve the latkes hot with applesauce, sour cream, or your favorite toppings.
  • Enjoy: Enjoy your homemade potato latkes as a delicious Hanukkah treat or any time of the year!

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