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Celebrate Hanukkah With the Best Latke Recipe Ever!

Latkes are as essential to Hanukkah as candy canes are to Christmas. Sandra Sallin shares her favorite latke recipe with us – and our mouths are watering just looking at the photos! Read more from Sandra on her blog, Apart From My Art.

Celebrate Hanukkah With the Best Latke Recipe Ever!

 Look no further. Don’t go to Martha’s site, not to Gourmet, not anywhere. Eureka, you’ve found it!  The “Golden Mean” of  potato latke perfection. Perchance I exaggerate?Non! I tell you. This is it. The vrais latke!

So let’s get started.

Best Latke Recipe: Step 1

We need six potatoes and two onions.

How do you prefer to peel your potatoes? Knife or peeler? I prefer the OXO Swivel Peeler.

Best Latke Recipe: Picture 2


Best Latke Recipe: Picture 3

After peeling the potatoes, place them in a bowl of water so they will not discolor.

Best Latke Recipe: Potatoes soaking in water

Then grate the potatoes by hand, and possibly lose the tip of a finger in the process…

Best Latke Recipe: Box Grater for  shredding

…or use the grater attachment to the Cuisinart. I prefer that.

Best Latke Recipe: Cuisinart for shredding

Slice the potatoes into chunks, place them into the Cuisinart and begin grating.

Best Latke Recipe: chopped potatoes

Best Latke Recipe: Grated potatoes

After they’re grated,  immediately place them in a large bowl of water.

Best Latke Recipe: Grated potatoes soaking in water

Then drain the water.

Best Latke Recipe: Grated potatoes draining

This is really important: again place the grated potatoes into a bowl and fill with water. Repeat draining and soaking until the water is clear and there are no pinky or brownie areas of water. Just keep on changing water,  letting the shreds soak and drain again. You’re getting rid of all of the starch so that the pancakes will be very crisp. Don’t skip this step! You may have to soak and drain three or four or more times. Just do it.

Now take the onions, chop them roughly, and place them into the Cuisinart. This is the only time I chop onions in the Cuisinart. They get too watery for other recipes, but it works for this one. Just don’t chop them to mush. You want small pieces, not mush.

Best Latke Recipe: Chopped onions

Then, beat two eggs together. Add 1/2 cup of flour sifted with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of Kosher Salt. Add pepper to taste. I’m not big on pepper, but maybe you are.  Now, drain those potatoes really well, squeezing  as much water out of them as possible.  Really get rid of that water! Now, add the egg, flour, salt and pepper mixture to the potatoes and you’re ready to go.

Pour about a 1/4  inch of canola oil into a heavy skillet. I mean heavy. I mean iron. Then, take a wooden spoon, place the handle top into the oil and wait for the oil to bubble around the handle. This tells you the oil is the right temperature for frying. Aha, it is a trick that I learned in Italy at a cooking class with Guiliano Bugialli! Trust me, it works.

Best Latke Recipe: Wooden spoon checking temperature of oil

Now, the fun part. Add the potatoes, 1 tablespoon at a time, or as large as you like them, and you’re good to go.

Best Latke Recipe: Frying  potato latkes

When they’re brown on one side, turn them over.

Best Latke Recipe: Turning over potato latkes

Best Latke Recipe: Frying potato latkes

Drain the pancakes on paper towels and they’re ready to eat.

Best Latke Recipe:  A beautiful potato pancake

My husband ate one of these and proclaimed it was “a religious experience!” So enjoy!

Some people serve these with sour cream and applesauce. I eat them plain, just as I do  caviar. I want nothing to detract from the divine taste.

Now, since you’ve stuck with me so far let me give you a little treat.

A few years ago, we shot a video about making potato pancakes as an audition for a Food Channel competition.  We never submitted it though because we discovered that the network wanted to own all rights in perpetuity. But, trust me, this is the way potato pancakes (or latkes) should be made!

We did it in 2004!!!!   Check it out.

Look, I’m Cooking from DGA 1966 on Vimeo.


This recipe is an adaptation of Lora Brody’s recipe for potato latkes from her book “Cooking With Memories.”

Here are the ingredients:

  • 6 Idaho potatoes
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil


Sandra Sallin

Sandra Sallin is a professional artist ( who became a 72-year-old blogger when she decided to write about her life apart from her art ( She’s been kissed by wolves in the Sawtooth Mountains, and she has way too many lipsticks. She will be writing about everything from her mother’s escape from Czarist Russia to shaking Steve Job’s hand at Apple. She is not your typical septuagenarian. In 2013, she was honored as one of the Voices of the Year by

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Tuesday 8th of December 2015

These look awesome!! I love potato latkes but never made decent ones. Now I know how to make fabulous ones!! Thanks Sandra. I never knew about the rinsing part.

Toni Corwin

Friday 19th of December 2014

Do you deliver? Love this - are you going to be "aired?"

Sandra Sallin

Saturday 20th of December 2014

We never sebmitted it. Decided against it. But they're still fabulous!

Nancy Lowell

Friday 19th of December 2014

This is very similar to the recipe I use but I use matzo meal instead of flour. I do love a crispy, lacy latke!! (Or four)

Sandra Sallin

Saturday 20th of December 2014

Nancy I'm sure ( actually I don't have any idea) that they will be great. It's removing the starch that makes them so lacy and the seasoning is just perfect!

Marci Rich

Tuesday 16th of December 2014

I'm not Jewish, but I love Jewish food, especially latkes. (Oh oy! I love ALL food.) must try this recipe! And by the way, don't you think that latkes look like hashtag potatoes? #latkesarehashtagpotatoes

Sandra Sallin

Saturday 20th of December 2014

You're right Marci. I should translate and say Potato Pancakes. #latkesarepotatos But how ever your translate it they are the best!

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