Posted by: conradvisionquest | December 28, 2009

Happy (Belated) Hanukkah! Potato Pancakes Recipe

Although we are not Jewish, during the week of the first night of Hanukkah the internet was flooded with recipes for Latkes, or potato pancakes, so I decided to make ’em.  My husband’s German grandparents used to make them all the time, so I knew they would be a hit with him.  And I am always looking for hearty vegetarian recipes to satisfy my (used to be) meat-and-potatoes appetite!

In our house, this recipe would serve about 3 people if you are having them for a main course, perhaps 4 or 5 if it’s a side dish.  We had them as a main course with a salad, and they we so flavorful and delicious!


12 large organic potatoes, grated

3 medium onions, grated

4 eggs, beaten lightly

5 tbs. flour

3 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

Oil for deep frying


Let me tell you, grating 12 potatoes was not my idea of fun, but it was all worth it when I was happily eating!  The trick to these is to remove as much liquid from the potatoes and onions as possible.  The recipe said to put them in a clean towel and squeeze, but I just used my hands.  Once you have done this, combine all of the ingredients and mix together well by hand.

In a heavy skillet, put a 3/4″ deep layer of oil.  We used extra virgin olive oil.   Heat until sizzling.  Form individual pancakes by hand (this is MESSY!) and carefully slide into the pan using a slotted spatula.  Fill the pan, but leave room between the pancakes.  When nicely brown on one side, turn them carefully until browned on the other side and crisp on  edges.  Remove with a spatula and place on a paper towel-lined plate.  Let them drain a bit before eating, but not too long because these babies are best served piping HOT!  Serve with applesauce or sour cream.  YUM!



  1. If I send you a bag of potatoes…

    • you funny, sosae!

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