Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

I remember these always having carrots grated into them when I was a kid, but today I didn't want them that way. I wanted it to mainly scream of potato and olive oil. And that's what they did. Happy Chanukah guys.

1 1/2 pounds peeled, scrubbed and grated potato
1/2 onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sumac
1/2 cup bread crumbs (or matzo meal)
2 eggs
1/2 cup or so olive oil

Mix everything except the oil together. Heat the oil in the pan until water dances on it. Scoop out large handfuls of the potato mixture and squeeze it to remove as much of the starchy liquid as you can. Drop each handful into the oil and press it with a spatula to flatten it out (I use a 10" pan and do 2 at a time). Fry until the bottom is golden, then flip over and fry until the other side is golden. Serve with sour cream and apple sauce. Serves 2 (makes 6).


  1. Those look great! Crispy and golden. I'm making them today for lunch. The potatoes have just been shredded.
    Bonnes Fêtes!

  2. Love these - they look amazing!


  3. LouLou,

    Thanks! Aren't latkes really just the best? I hope you enjoy them! I'm thankful I had time to make them before we came to Oklahoma today.


    Thanks - I hope you enjoy them!

  4. Anonymous5:17 PM

    Happy Holidays, sweety!

    The word verification on your comment form was "blesses". Isn't that glorious?

  5. Oh, that is awesome, Maryann. Every now and again those things really do line up perfectly.

  6. I discovered latkes this Christmas morning. We had a new waffle iron to use and I also made latkes for the first time.

    I did not try this recipe of yours, but I will definitely be making them again.

  7. Crunchy Goodness, Thanks for sharing that potato delight!

  8. Cooking Lady,

    Isn't it thrilling to discover such a wonderfully simple new food?


    No problem. Hope you enjoy them!

  9. Allie, you have a lovely blog and your latkes look amazing. I wanted to thank you for stopping by mine this morning.

  10. Anonymous9:15 PM

    Potatoes + oil + frying pan = my favorite meal ever.

  11. Mary,

    Thanks so much!


    You and me both. Potatoes and fried = win.


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