Potato Pancakes – Favorite Hanukkah Food

Here is a simple and special recipe for Potato Pancakes.  Also know as Potato Latkes, these shredded potato patties are a slice of heaven and are one of my favorite foods – never met one I did not like.  You can top them with sour cream or applesauce or just pop them in your mouth plain – they are simply awesome!  Enjoy them at your Hanukkah celebration or if you don’t celebrate try them with dinner this week.

Crispy Traditional Potato Pancakes – Credit: Epicurious  | September 1998  by Joan Nathan Jewish Cooking in America


  • 2 pounds russet (baking) or Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions, including the green part
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying


1. Peel the potatoes and put in cold water. Using a grater or a food processor coarsely grate the potatoes and onions. Place together in a fine-mesh strainer or tea towel and squeeze out all the water over a bowl. The potato starch will settle to the bottom; reserve that after you have carefully poured off the water.

2. Mix the potato and onion with the potato starch. Add the scallions, egg, and salt and pepper.

3. Heat a griddle or non-stick pan and coat with a thin film of vegetable oil. Take about 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture in the palm of your hand and flatten as best you can. Place the potato mixture on the griddle, flatten with a large spatula, and fry for a few minutes until golden. Flip the pancake over and brown the other side. Remove to paper towels to drain. Serve immediately. You can also freeze the potato pancakes and crisp them up in a 350-degree oven at a later time.

Variation: If you want a more traditional and thicker pancake, you can add an extra egg plus 1/3 cup of matzah meal to the batter.

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