Classic Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Jewish
Keyword: potato pancake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 396kcal
Author: Kris Longwell
This Classic Latkes (Potato Pancakes) is amazing! Perfect for Chanukah, but also anytime of the year. We love these incredible potato pancakes!
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  • 3 lbs medium russet potatoes about 5 - 7
  • 2 large yellow onions finely diced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp plain dried bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 3 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp schmaltz rendered chicken fat, optional
  • 3 tbsp 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.


Calories: 396kcal