potato latkes

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Introduction: There are few things more comforting than the aroma of frying potatoes wafting through the kitchen. Potato latkes, a traditional dish in Jewish cuisine, offer not only warmth but also a delightful crunch with every bite. Whether enjoyed during Hanukkah celebrations or as a comforting treat any time of year, potato latkes are sure to please the palate and soothe the soul. Today, I’m excited to share with you my recipe for making the perfect potato latkes.


  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Grate the Potatoes and Onion: Using a box grater or a food processor fitted with a grating attachment, grate the potatoes and onion. Place the grated potatoes and onion in a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth and squeeze out as much excess moisture as possible. This step is crucial for achieving crispy latkes.
  2. Mix the Batter: In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated potatoes and onion with the eggs, flour, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined. The flour helps bind the ingredients together and gives the latkes their structure.
  3. Heat the Oil: In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. You want enough oil to generously coat the bottom of the skillet, about 1/4 inch deep.
  4. Fry the Latkes: Using a spoon or your hands, carefully drop spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down gently to flatten them into disks. Fry the latkes in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the skillet. Cook until golden brown and crispy on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side. Use a slotted spatula to transfer the cooked latkes to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  5. Serve and Enjoy: Serve the potato latkes hot, garnished with sour cream, applesauce, or your favorite toppings. Enjoy them as a side dish, appetizer, or even a light meal alongside a fresh salad.

Tips for Success:

  • Make sure to squeeze out as much moisture as possible from the grated potatoes and onion to ensure crispy latkes.
  • Keep the oil at the right temperature; too hot, and the latkes will burn, too cool, and they will become soggy.
  • Don’t overcrowd the skillet when frying the latkes; this will ensure even cooking and crispy edges.

Conclusion: Potato latkes are a beloved dish that brings joy to many tables around the world. With this simple recipe, you can recreate that same joy and comfort in your own kitchen. Whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah or simply craving a delicious and satisfying meal, these crispy potato latkes are sure to hit the spot. So gather your ingredients, heat up the oil, and get ready to enjoy a taste of tradition with every bite.