Hanukkah begins tonight…time for latkes!


Latkes are potato pancakes that are fried in oil. They are a traditional Hanukah food, prepared to symbolize the one day’s worth of oil that is said to have burned for 8 days so many years ago.

Because they are one of my daughter’s favorite foods, I make latkes year-round. She prefers them plain, but the rest of my family loves them with fairly traditional adornments, so we usually eat them with big dollops of homemade apple butter and crème fraîche.

Latkes are also great with all sorts of chutneys, and Melissa Clark has some fantastic latke topping ideas…honeyed Greek yogurt and pomegranate seeds, anyone?

When making latkes, it’s best to drain as much water out of the grated potatoes as possible as this keeps them from getting soggy. I like to add a little flour, which along with the egg acts as a binder, though I’ve made them without flour or eggs and they worked out just fine (different, but fine). If you find that you like the thicker latkes, you can add an additional egg and a bit more flour. To keep these gluten-free, you can mix the grated potato with some leftover mashed potatoes…this may work out well for you if you’ve got mashed potato leftovers from Thanksgiving.

I recommend eating your latkes immediately. If you need to freeze them, though, warm them in a 350°F oven before serving.

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — December 1, 2010 @ 11:07 am

    I LOVE latkes! Yours look so delicious! Thank you for the recipe, I can’t wait to make them. YUM! :)

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    Yaelian — December 1, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

    Your latkes look so yummy! Happy Chanukah to you!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — December 2, 2010 @ 8:40 am

    Mmmmmmm latkes. These look tasty. I like mine with crème fraîche or sour cream.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — December 2, 2010 @ 10:07 am

    These look amazing!! I am out of town and hope to make some Latkes when I get back tomorrow! Happy Hanukkah!

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    sippitysup — December 2, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

    Last night when we lit the candles I felt something was missing. I am going to make latkes tonight so we have a reason to linger by the Menorah! GREG

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    Peggy — December 2, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

    Oh man, these latkes look perfect! Love this recipe and can’t wait to try it out!

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    Monet — December 3, 2010 @ 12:12 am

    I can see why your daughter (and surely your whole family) loves your latkes. They look and sound delicious! I wish I had a plate beside me now. Happy Hanukkah!

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    Meagan — December 3, 2010 @ 11:04 pm

    Latkes are popping up everywhere! I love Yukon Golds :)

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    Del's cooking twist — November 29, 2013 @ 5:21 am

    They look so tasty and healthy! I need to try them for breakfast!! :)