Recipe: Potato Latkes

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By Arwen O’Reilly
I’m not Jewish, but I absolutely love latkes, so I cook them every December anyway (and a few other times throughout the year, just because). The smooth fried potato flavor marries beautifully with tart sweet applesauce and rich sour cream. It’s the perfect dish for a party – you can make up a huge batch of batter with little fuss or expense, trade off frying up latkes with your guests, and feed lots of happy people. Best of all, they make great leftovers!



3 large potatoes (approximate)

2T chopped onion

1-2 eggs

1T flour

1 pinch salt


Sour cream

Olive or other oil for frying

Cheesecloth or clean dish towel

Makes 10-12 latkes


Step 1: Grate the potatoes and let them sit a few minutes. While they’re resting, finely chop the onion.
Step 2: Place the grated potatoes in a cheesecloth or clean dishtowel, and squeeze out as much liquid out as you can. (You may be surprised at how much there is!)
Step 3: Mix the rest of the ingredients together. The flour is not strictly necessary, but I find it makes the latkes more forgiving (if you don’t have especially starchy potatoes, the latkes have a tendency to fall apart). Use two eggs if you prefer more of a pancake, and one egg if you like more texture.
Step 4: Let the oil heat in a cast iron or nonstick pan and dollop out the batter into the pan. When the edges start to brown, flip the latkes and cook until done.
Step 5: Serve with a generous serving of apple sauce and a dollop of sour cream. As my imaginary Yiddish grandmother would say, “Esn, esn!”
About the Author:
Arwen O’Reilly Griffith is staff editor at Make and Craft and mama to a 2-year-old rapscallion.

10 thoughts on “Recipe: Potato Latkes

  1. claymonster says:

    hmmm… I see a picture of an onion, but it isn’t listed in the ingredients… :)

  2. claymonster says:

    hmmm… I see a picture of an onion, but it isn’t listed in the ingredients… :)

  3. Annie says:

    I always add finely sliced onion to mine & noticed the lack of onion in the recipe despite the photo…
    My husband likes me to add some curry powder to the mix too – yummmmo with mango chutney & cucumber raita

  4. Carla Sinclair says:

    Thank you for pointing out the missing onions, Annie and Claymonster! Although the writer, Arwen, had them included, they somehow slipped out of the article when I got my hands on it :-) I’ve put them back in. Enjoy!

  5. Amateur Cook says:

    Latkes for Christmas it is then! Darn I just missed out this year. Maybe I could make it a new year thing.

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