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Chanukkah potato latkes (potato pancakes)

December 11, 2012 in recipe

Potato latkes are the best and such a treat during Chanukkah, serve them with applesauce and some sour cream or cottage cheese.  Easy step-by-step photo recipe. 

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I only make these for about 8 days of the year.  When I used to work for an afterschool program I made them for the entire month of December; I stunk of oil and my hair was greasy everyday.  That’s what happens when you make like 100 of them and kids splatter oil onto you.  But I actually miss making these with a bunch of kids who get so excited to cook pretty much anything and love the sound of the potato sizzling in the pan.

So just quickly, in case you didn’t know, the reason why latkes are made for Chanukkah is because historically (more of an elaborated story), the temples of the Jews were destroyed and in the midst of it all there was a bit of oil that was supposed to last one day and, yup, lasted 8.  So traditionally Jewish people eat food that’s been cooked in oil for Chanukkah.

There are some other traditions that get exploited because Christmas is so nearby, but for the most part latkes are an awesome way to just pay tribute to all the grandparents and their grandparents who made them before me.

So here we go:

Recipe: Potato latkes

Cooking time: 1 hour +
30 minutes prep 30+ minutes cooking


  • 1.5 kg potato (about 4 regular size) | peeled and grated
  • 1 onion | chopped
  • 2 heaping tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup canola oil


  • Chop onions and cook them for about 5-10 minutes
  • Peel and grate potatoes one by one, then after each potato is grated dry it off in a dish towel or paper towels.
  • Once each potato is dry put it into the bowl.
  • Add flour, salt, and pepper and toss the potatoes.
  • Mix in 1 egg at a time and then add the cooked onion.  Toss lightly.
  • Heat oil on medium, you don’t need to clean it from the onions. Then place about a quarter cup of latke mix onto the heated oil.
  • Cook for about 3-5 minutes until golden brown. Flip and cook the other side for the same amount of time.
  • Add oil as needed.
  • Drain in paper towels or dish cloth.
  • Serve with applesauce and sour cream or cottage cheese.
For a full step-by-step photo recipe click here.

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5 responses to Chanukkah potato latkes (potato pancakes)

  1. Great recipe Shaina. I’ve never tried these and they look so delicious and easy :)

  2. Like Tami I also have not tried these – I also liked the history. Thanks for sharing.

    • love the culture behind what I’m eating, tradition is such a big part of why we enjoy certain foods, plus it reminds me of getting prezzies when I was a kid

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