Homemade Potato Pancakes Recipe

Often called Latkes, these delicious potato pancakes are a family favorite!

This post first appeared here in December, 2011 – ten years later – it’s still a family favorite!

Since Hanukkah starts on Sunday, November 28th. – I thought I’d bring it back with a few updates made over the years.

 

 

 
 
potato pancakes on a pan
 

 

 

Old Fashioned Crispy Potato Pancakes

 

These old fashioned crispy potato pancakes are one of my favorites…all year round.

However, during Hanukkah, they’re a traditional must have. 

These delicious pancakes also get a gold star for being about one of the only foods that my entire family will eat. 

While I’m admittedly not the best cook, I know I make these really well…so, I thought I’d share my recipe here.

Included are also some fabulous “insider” tricks and tips (some passed down to me, others discovered after a few years on my own!).

Happy Hanukkah and hope you enjoy one of our favorite recipes.

 

 

plate of latkes with applesauce
Potato Pancakes “Latke’s” with Sour Cream and Apple Sauce
 
 

TIPS: The first, and most important: use a heavy cast-iron large skillet, it must be seasoned, NOT new, to get the best results, but its the ONLY option (trust). 

The next tip, don’t get fancy with your potatoes, while this recipe will work for any type, the best pancakes come from plain old Idaho or Russet potatoes. 

Scrub ’em up, and you can even leave the peels on…you can!

plate of crispy potato pancakes latkes for Chanukkah

Best tip: throw away your first latke…consider it a sample to test the oil heat temp.

Also, halfway through the batch, plan on changing your oil. (Make sure you have extra oil on hand.)

Finally, after you fry the latkes, drain the cooked potato pancakes in a single layer on brown paper shopping bags, turned inside out.

It keeps the finished pancakes crispier than any paper towels!

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Potato Pancake Recipe

 

You’ll need these simple ingredients:

                  2 lbs. medium potatoes
                  1 yellow onion
                  2 eggs, beaten
                  1/2 cup matzo meal
                  2 tsp. Kosher salt
                  1/2 teaspoon pepper
                  vegetable oil for frying (in a pinch Olive oil works too)

Grate potatoes and onion in a large bowl using a box grater.

You can use a food processor for this, but I use an old fashioned grater like this one.

Place potatoes mixture in a strainer bowl and squeeze out extra liquid.

Reserve liquid. Wait 2-3 minutes, the water will separate from the starch by rising to the top and the starch will be on the bottom of the bowl.

Pour water out of the grated potatoes mixture and save the starch.

Place the strained, shredded potatoes in a medium to large bowl.

Fold in eggs, matzo meal, salt and pepper, and the reserved potato starch. Mix well.

Heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. (oil should be roughly one inch oil deep in pan).

Take the potato pancake mixture and form 1/4 cup mixture into pancakes using a spoon and slide into the hot oil.

Let cook in the hot pan 6-9 minutes or until golden brown on one side and then flip.

Continue for 6-9 minutes on the other side.

Drain from the frying pan (on the paper bags first) and serve.

The end result is a cripsy exterior, makes a great side dish or even eat them on there own as a great light dinner.

So good with a dollop of sour cream (smoked salmon) and green onions/fresh chives or with apple sauce!

Makes approx. 18 potato latkes.

FAQs

Can you reheat these?

Yes, use a baking sheet and reheat in the oven for best results.

Can you freeze these?

Yes, be sure to use an airtight container or freezer bag.

 

ADDITIONAL EASY RECIPE IDEAS:

Hope you loved these traditional potato pancakes .

If you’re looking for even more delicious ideas, be sure to check out these other posts by clicking on each title below-

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Mini Apple Hand Pies For Fall

Super Easy Keto Pumpkin Mug Cake

Christmas Popcorn Recipe

Cinnamon Apple Cupcakes With Salted Caramel Frosting

Christmas M&M Brownies

Pecan and Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: approx. 18

Old Fashioned Crispy Potato Pancakes

Old Fashioned Crispy Potato Pancakes

Old fashioned, crispy delicious potato pancakes.

Latkes, made from shredded potatoes.

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. potatoes
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup matzo meal
  • 2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

    Grate potatoes and onion in a large bowl using a box grater.

    Place mixture in a strainer bowl and squeeze out extra liquid. Reserve liquid.

    Wait 2-3 minutes, the water will separate from the starch by rising to
    the top and the starch will be on the bottom of the bowl. Pour water out
    and save the starch.

    Place strained potatoes in a medium to large bowl.

    Fold in eggs, matzo meal, salt and pepper, and the reserved potato starch. Mix wellHeat vegetable oil over medium heat. (oil should be roughly one inch deep in pan).

    Form 1/4 cup mixture into pancakes using a spoon and slide into oil.

    Let cook 6-9 minutes or until golden on one side and then flip. Continue for 6-9 minutes on the other side.

    Drain and serve. Makes approx. 18.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 271mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

 
 

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