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Mom's Potato Latkes Recipe
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Mom's Potato Latkes
Crispy, fried potato patties you can serve up for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. See more
  • READY IN 25 mins

Mom's Potato Latkes

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"Latkes (potato pancakes) are a must have at Hanukkah, but really are wonderful any time of year! This is my mother's recipe, which is honestly the best latke I've had. I usually end up having to make a second batch because they disappear so quickly. I've tried other recipes and always return to these. Lovely topped with sour cream or applesauce."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins
  • READY IN

    25 mins

Directions

  1. Mix potato, onion, eggs, crackers, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl.
  2. Pour enough vegetable oil into a skillet to fill about 1/2-inch deep; heat over medium-high heat.
  3. Drop spoonfuls of the potato mixture, first pressing potato mixture against the side of the bowl to remove excess liquid, into the hot oil; slightly flatten the latkes into the oil with the back of your spoon so they are evenly thick.
  4. Cook in hot oil until browned and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Drain latkes on a plate lined with a paper towel.
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Nov 03, 2013

Thanks for a great recipe, Lindsay. We enjoyed these very much. I took your advice and used tongs to grab the potatoes without a lot of liquid. Note: I peel russet potatoes and place in cold water in a salad spinner. Then use the food processor to grate the potatoes. The grated potatoes go back into the cold water in the salad spinner. Triple rinse the potatoes until the water is no longer starchy. Spin dry, shake and spin again.

 
Oct 28, 2013

This is my recipe. I wanted to let folks know that before you put the potato mixture in the pan, take the scoop and make sure to drain the liquid out by holding the spoonful of potato against the side if the bowl. Also we usually crush the saltines in a Baggie, saves on mess. The saltines act as a binder. Hope you love these as much as we do. My favorite way to eat them is with sour cream. The don't reheat well in microwave (in my experience) but do reheat fairly well in a toaster oven.

 
Nov 17, 2013

Awesome! I topped mine with grape/apple relish. Make sure to squeeze out the excess liquid from the potatoes.

 
Sep 07, 2014

I liked these. If looking for a potato latke recipe, that is more about the potato than a bunch of flour than this is the recipe. I am not a fan of shredding potatoes, so I just used a 20oz bag of simply shredded potatoes. I measured it and it came to 4 cups. I used the whole bag anyhow and it was fine. I followed through the rest of the recipe, although I did not have saltine crackers. So, I used 3 sweet potato and chive flat stick crackers. They can't be seen or tasted anyhow. It is more for a binder. I just pureed the crackers and onions in my Vitamix blender moving the dial to medium for about 10 seconds. That made that part super easy too. I was hoping to not have to use a full 1/2 cup of vegetable oil. I used safflower oil and I did end up using 6 Tablespoons of it divided. Extra oil is needed, in this recipe, to make the potatoes crispy and hold together. With a muffin scoop, and as made, I got 10 patties at 162.5 calories each. ty

 
Dec 01, 2014

These are darn good...and a little indulgent maybe. These have origin in the Middle East and Europe. Yet, like many things, food is enjoyed and needed by every culture...from the Middle East to Scandinavia to Thailand. Universally good food is just that. It worked well for me to use a little oil on the pan for each pancake and not immersing it, adding more when flipping. Glad I watched the video to freshen up my potato squeezing technique. I don't have a spinner...plus it makes me dizzy. Grated cheese might be good. Seems any kind of binder works...might try pulverized flavored croutons after the roasted Panko crumbs after the home made whole wheat seasoned bread crumbs after the Cheezy crackers (ok, I'll stop now).

 
Sep 25, 2014

I loved the recipe however I found that the directions left out the draining of any juice in the potato mixture. I also found that using your hands to shape the latkes was much more effective resulting in the latkes being more put together and flat.

 
Feb 22, 2014

This was great! I loved the salad spinner tip, I'm sure that is what made these so good. I don't have a lot of practice making potato cakes, and these were easy to work with and just delicious. Thank you Lindsay!

 
Feb 04, 2014

Just made it today; easy and delicious. I used EVOO and they were perfect. My wife who is Thai (Thais generally are not wild about western food), just loved it.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 390 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.7 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 106 mg
  • 35%
  • Fat
  • 30.4 g
  • 47%
  • Fiber
  • 2.9 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 6 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 672 mg
  • 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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