Fried potato cakes (Latkes)

    1 hour 15 min

    This recipe for Jewish potato latkes is made by mixing grated onions and potatoes, then forming them into flattened rounds before frying them until crispy. Serve with a dollop of soured cream.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 300g potato, cubed
    • 3 maris piper potatoes, peeled and grated
    • 1 onion, grated
    • 2 eggs
    • 3 tablespoons matzo meal
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:15min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add cubed potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, cool and mash.
    2. In a medium bowl, mix grated potatoes, mashed potatoes and onion. Add in eggs, matzo meal and salt; mix well.
    3. Feel consistency of the dough; mixture should hold together without being sticky. If it sticks to your hands, add more matzo meal until dough is no longer sticky.
    4. In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm enough oil to cover 5mm of the frying pan.
    5. When hot, drop mixture by heaping tablespoon to oil; flatten with a spatula and cook on both sides until golden brown. Serve.

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    These are not latkes. They are called chremslech. The difference is simple: latkes are always made with raw potatoes, chremslach with boiled potatoes. All that aside, the chremslech are better yet if you brown the onions prior to adding to mashed mixture. Use lots of ground pepper as a seasoning. You can also add a crushed garlic clove to the oil and remove it before it browns too much.  -  20 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I have just tried this recipe for latkes, it is wonderful. The only difference for me is to shred the potatoes and not cook them first. I also add a couple of cloves of garlic to the mix.  -  31 Dec 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    We LOVED this recipe. It was delicious. The latkes were fluffy, tasty and easy to make. This has become a Hanukkah staple in our house.  -  09 Dec 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)