It’s hard to explain how much we love Latkes. And this Classic Latkes (Potato Pancakes) recipe is the real deal. Of course, these are a staple during Chanukah, but we think they are delicious anytime of the year!
The ingredients are nice and simple, but they come together to bring about a flavor that conjures a taste sensation that has been cherished generation after generation after generation. Crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Mmmmmm.
Of course, if you want to go truly authentic, then you need to include schmaltz in the cooking oil. Schmaltz is nothing more than rendered chicken fat. Some cooks save the skin from their poultry dishes throughout the year, and then when they have enough (about a pound), they cook it down and then strain it, and use it. Every time I make a batch of homemade chicken stock, after it has chilled, I save the fat that has risen to the top and slightly hardened. Perfect for schmaltz! Using schmaltz is not 100% necessary, but it does impart a delicious flavor to the latkes as they fry, and, again, it’s steeped in tradition.
These Classic Latkes (Potato Pancakes) are just divine. The are traditionally served with sour cream and applesauce, which really is the perfect compliment to the incredible little savory fried potato cakes.
Here’s another classic Jewish dish that we just love! It’s Classic Matzo Ball Soup (click for the full recipe).
Watch us show you how to make it!
Happy Chanukah for everyone that celebrates the holiday! And to everyone else…you gotta try this Classic Latkes (Potato Pancakes) recipe!
- 3 lbs medium russet potatoes (5 - 7)
- 2 large yellow onions, finely diced
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoon plain dried bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon milk
- 3½ teaspoons Kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons schmaltz (rendered chicken fat), optional
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Applesauce (for serving)
- Sour cream (for serving)
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
- Peel potatoes and shred with box grater or food processor.
- Transfer to a kitchen towel and squeeze to remove excess liquid.
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs, bread crumbs, flour, milk, salt, baking powder and pepper.
- Add potatoes and onions and mix until well coated.
- Heat the schmaltz and oil in a large sturdy skillet (if not using schmaltz, use 5 tablespoons oil) over medium-hight heat.
- Once the oil is hot, add spoonfuls of the latke mixture and gently flatten with your finger or back of a spoon.
- Cook until golden on the bottom, about 3 minutes.
- Gently flip with a spatula, and cook the other side until golden.
- Remove to paper towel-lined plate and finish the remaining latkes, cooking in batches, if necessary.
- Keep cooked latkes in warmed oven.
- Serve with applesauce and sour cream.