How to Make Perfect Potato Latkes for Hanukkah

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is a joyous celebration lasting eight days and nights. One of the most beloved traditions of Hanukkah is the food, especially potato latkes. This crispy, golden pancake made from grated potatoes and onions is a staple of Hanukkah celebrations worldwide.

Here’s a classic recipe for potato latkes that’s sure to please your family and friends:

Potato Latke Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 1 large onion, grated
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Directions to make Perfect Potato Latkes

  1. Start by peeling and grating the potatoes. Place the grated potatoes in a colander to remove excess liquid and press them down with paper towels.
  2. Grate the onion and add it to the potatoes in a large bowl.
  3. Beat the eggs and add them to the potato mixture.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  5. Heat about 1/4 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.
  6. Using a spoon or your hands, form the potato mixture into small patties and carefully drop them into the hot oil.
  7. Fry the latkes on each side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  8. Remove the latkes from the skillet and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
  9. Serve the latkes warm with applesauce and sour cream on the side.

These classic potato latkes are delicious and easy to make. They’re perfect for a Hanukkah celebration or any occasion where you want to serve a tasty and traditional dish. The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled, depending on the size of your gathering.

Hanukkah is a time for celebrating with family and friends, and what better way to do so than with some delicious and crispy potato latkes? Try this recipe for a classic Hanukkah dish that’s sure to be a hit with everyone at the table. Be sure to comment below, check out our other recipes, and let us know how this recipe worked for you and Happy Hanukkah!

Rusty Burlington


  • Rusty Griswold

    Since 2015, I have been building my light display to celebrate the holiday season and experimenting with various recipes to bring people together around the table. I have learned many do's and don'ts in both areas along the way, and share them with everyone via the website. M Mike
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