Potato pancakes, or latkes, are a traditional Hanukkah snack. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fried potato pancakes

This recipe gives you a crispy and delicious full meal.

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Here’s my recipe for fried potato pancakes. With a big, leafy salad, they make a full meal. Topped with applesauce and sour cream, of course. They’re so delicious and satisfying that no one wants anything else.

Over the years I’ve found that it’s easier to cook up a few batches ahead of time. Drain the pancakes and allow them to cool, then freeze them. To serve, pop them straight into a hot oven for 10 minutes. They will taste as fresh and crisp as if you’d been standing there frying in the kitchen all along (while everyone else is stuffing themselves at the table).

Potato pancakes

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Prep15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Yield25 pancakes

Ingredients

  • 6 large potatoes
  • 3 large onions
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt for separate onion
  • 1 ½ tsp salt for potato batter
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • Oil for shallow frying: olive, canola or corn oil

Instructions

  • These instructions assume you’re using a food processor.
  • Cut the potatoes into chunks that will work with your food processor. You don’t have to peel the potatoes, just scrub them well and go over them with a knife to remove anything undesirable.
  • In the food processor: grate the potatoes with the fine-grating disk.
  • Dump the grated mass into a colander and rinse briefly to avoid discoloration. Allow to drain while everything else is being prepared.
  • Rinse the food processor; fit the knife in.
  • Peel and quarter the 3 onions; purée them in the food processor.
  • Add the eggs to the puréed onions; blend them for a few seconds.
  • Add the 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt, the pepper, flour, and baking powder to the contents of the food processor. Whirl until all is smooth.
  • Put the grated potatoes in a big bowl and mix the batter into that.
  • Pour another tablespoon of oil into the pan and heat it. Using a quarter of a measuring cup, turn out little hills of raw batter into the hot oil. This works better than using cooking spoons. Flatten out the tops a little. Fry until the first side is brown; gently flip over with a spatula and fry until the other side is brown, too. Taste the first one or two to determine what color the pancakes have to be when they’re done. The oil in the pan will need to be renewed once in a while.
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • Serve hot, topped with applesauce and sour cream.
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