The Latke, Perfected


The latke. (Or, if you must, the “potato pancake.”) It’s the ultimate Hanukkah comfort food, and everyone has their very own “best” way of making it. Here, peep how we whip up this savory holiday treat in the Berliner household (then replicate with abandon). From my family to yours, enjoy.

Serves 4 – 6


6 potatoes (I swapped a white potato for a sweet potato, but don’t tell latke traditionalists)
2 large eggs, well-beaten
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
Oil for frying

Peel and coarsely grate potatoes, then throughly press all liquid out of them.
2. Toss all ingredients together, and refrigerate to keep cold.
3. Heat oil on medium-high in a frying pan, then add batter by spoon to oil without crowding. Gently flatten with a spatula.
4. When latkes are crisp and brown on both sides, remove and drain on paper towels.
5. Reheat in oven just before serving, if necessary.
6. Serve with sour cream, applesauce, or both. Tip: make your own applesauce. It makes all the difference. (This recipe is to die for.)

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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December 3, 2012