Traditional Potato Latkes

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Traditional Potato Latkes

Potato Latkes are probably the most famous of Jewish foods and a specialty of Hanukkah. The latkes are served as an appetizer, as a side dish, or even for tea with a sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar. They are absolutely marvelous.

This recipe is gluten-free so does not contain any bread crumbs or matzah meal. For additional flavouring, you can add one small diced onion and a garlic clove to the grated potatoes. They are best served with a dollop of sour cream or apple sauce.



2 large eggs

2 lbs (1 kg) potatoes

oil for frying


Peel and finely grate the potatoes. Put them straight into cold water, then drain and squeeze them as dry as you can by pressing them with your hands in a colander. This is to remove the starchy liquid, which could make the latkes soggy.

Beat the eggs lightly with salt, add to the potatoes, and stir well. Film the bottom of a frying pan with oil and heat. Take serving-spoonfuls, or as much as 1/4 cup (50 ml), of the mixture and drop into the hot oil. Flatten a little, and lower the heat so that the fritters cook through evenly. When one side is brown, turn over and brown the other.

Lift out and serve very hot.


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