Best Potato Latka Recipe

Its Hanukkah! One of the best parts of these 8 special nights is sitting with you family (or whoever is in your immediate household this year) and sharing quality time over potato latkes. While this year may mean that you cannot be with your parents or grandparents during the holiday, you can make our latka recipe over zoom together from your Glenwood apartment. It’s easy and fun for the entire family to participate in. Keep reading to find out more.

potato latkas on a cutting board with a side of sour cream surrounded by two potatoes, a bowl of flour, parsley and silverware

Classic Potato Latka Recipe

This recipe comes from the NYT and is as simple as it is delicious!


  • 2 large Russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut lengthwise into quarters
  • 1 large onion, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • safflower or other oil, for frying


  1. Using a food processor with a coarse grating disc, grate the potatoes and onion. Transfer the mixture to a clean dishtowel and squeeze and wring out as much of the liquid as possible.
  2. Working quickly, transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the eggs, flour, salt, baking powder and pepper, and mix until the flour is absorbed.
  3. In a medium heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat, pour in about 1/4 inch of the oil. Once the oil is hot (a drop of batter placed in the pan should sizzle), use a heaping tablespoon to drop the batter into the hot pan, cooking in batches. Use a spatula to flatten and shape the drops into discs. When the edges of the latkes are brown and crispy, about 5 minutes, flip. Cook until the second side is deeply browned, about another 5 minutes. Transfer the latkes to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and sprinkle with salt while still warm. Repeat with the remaining batter.
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The Best Sides For Your Latkes

a potato latka topped with sour cream, smoked salmon and salmon roe

After you have made the best, crispy latka, you know that what you dip it into is just as important! Here are some suggestions of our favorite sides:

The classic sides are:

  • Apple Sauce
  • Sour Cream

If you want to make the potato latkes a little more complex, try a dollop of creme fresh on top and then a small piece of smoked salmon! Or, if you are an apple lover, top your latka with apple butter and a slice of a red, sweet apple!

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