Saturday, December 15, 2012

Potato Latkes (potato pancakes)

I love latkes! Potato latkes were one of my favorite meals that my mom would make for us during the holiday season. On Wednesday night, Greg and I went out to get our Christmas tree and then I made latkes for dinner. I have made them a few times before, but the recipe I used Wednesday was super yummy. I served them with homemade applesauce, sour cream, and ketchup (the ketchup is for Greg - he loves ketchup)! Latkes are a delicious and fun meal for everyone. Enjoy!

Recipe for Potato Latkes

2 1/2 Tbsp. of finely chopped onion
1 small clove of garlic, minced
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 tsp. of kosher salt
1/8 tsp. of black pepper
3 Tbsp. of all purpose flour
2 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated (peel & grate right before you are ready to cook the latkes)
3 - 6 Tbsp. of peanut, vegetable, or canola oil (I used canola)

Put the chopped onion, minced garlic, eggs, salt, black pepper, and flour into a large mixing bowl. Peel and grate the potatoes, and add the grated potato into the mixture. Stir together to mix all of the ingredients. In an electric skillet set on medium heat, heat 2 tbsp. of oil. When the oil is hot, use a spatula to carefully place about 1/4 - 1/3 cup of the potato mixture onto the hot oil. Flatten with the spatula to make into a pancake. Repeat that step. Allow the pancakes to heat for a few minutes on each side, and then flip. Watch to make sure the heat is at a good temperature, and adjust as needed. When the pancakes are crispy and browned on each side, use the spatula to transfer them to a paper towel lined plate. Continue to make pancakes with the rest of the mixture, adding more oil to the skillet as needed. If desired, place the already cooked potato latkes onto a baking sheet and place in a warm oven (set at about 270 degrees) so they don't get too cold while the others are cooking. Before serving, sprinkle the potato latkes with a little bit of salt.

Serve with applesauce and sour cream. And ketchup...

*Recipe makes about 8 potato latkes.*

NOTE: If you plan on making this homemade applesauce to go along with your latkes, be sure to double the recipe!

And here is our Christmas tree!
We finally finished decorating it today. 
A menorah (Latkes are a traditional meal served during Hanukkah) made by my sister
and 3-year old nephew. Made with toilet paper rolls & artwork from school. How cute!


  1. My daughter loves potato pancakes - I'll have to make some for her the next time she comes over.

    And your tree looks so pretty!!

    I am a Beth too, but my nickname is Biz - while everyone called me Beth growing up, my grandma called me Liz, which turned into Biz - I am nearly 45 years old and still have the same nickname!

    (well, at work I go by Beth!)

  2. Hope you enjoy the potato latkes recipe! I think Biz is a great nickname. Happy Holidays!


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