Tuesday, December 21, 2010


I believe in an ecumenical approach to eating. If something is delicious, I eat it. Its ethnic or religious associations don't have to be my own for me to appreciate something tasty. Latkes definitely fall into that category, so it's not surprising that every December as I'm planning my Christmas dinner, I'm also setting aside time to make some of these wonderful Hannukah treats.

Over the years I've made my latkes with hand-grated potatoes as well as with potatoes shredded or chopped in the food processor. All of them are delicious, but some are more labor-intensive than others. This recipe is by far the easiest; the results are equally delicious.

Makes 24-30 latkes
6 large Russet potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, and quartered
1 onion, peeled and quartered
1 large egg
1/2 cup matzoh meal 
1 tsp Kosher salt
canola oil

Use the blade attachment of your food processor to chop the potatoes and onion. Add the egg, matzoh meal, and salt, blending well. Process the mixture until it's the consistency of horseradish.

In a large skillet, heat canola oil (enough oil to measure 1/4 inch depth). Drop the mixture by scant 1/4 cupsful and fry 4 minutes on each side. Stir the mixture before forming each batch of latkes since liquid will form as it sits. Drain well on paper towels. Serve with applesauce and sour cream. (You can keep the finished latkes warm in a 200 degree oven until ready to serve. You can also cool them completely, then freeze them to serve at a later time.)
This is probably my very favorite way to eat potatoes. The first bite of that crunchy exterior followed by the creaminess of the center nearly made me swoon (I love that word; it's so Victorian!). I have to have a bit of applesauce and sour cream with each bite of latke, so this is definitely not a Weight Watcher meal. But it is so worth it. If you've never made latkes, this is, by far, the simplest recipe you'll ever find. And one of the most delicious.


  1. I totally agree with you - ecumenical is the only approach for food!

  2. Yep! If it's delicious, I eat it! Except that right now I've been eating way too much. I'm
    avoiding the scale this week.

    These latkes look perfectly crispy and delicious. I'd love to partake in one, or two, or three. Maybe even four of them. LOL!

  3. Your lakes look so good and it does sound lie a very simple and do-able recipe. Arlene. I know I'd eat way too many if I made them!

  4. Your latkes look like they are the perfect crispness--golden brown and delicious. You have me craving them right now. ;-)

  5. perfect side dish or appetizer lovely!

  6. Love latkes - yours look so thin and crispy - delish!

  7. you had me swooning with the picture already, never mind the taste in my imagination!
    I have never put matzo meal in my potato pancakes, but I just might have to give it a try.
    All my kids are home for brunch Christmas morning, these might make a good addition to the buffet.....only problem I would have to make tons by the looks of it....smile


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