Potato Latkes-A Family Favorite

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah.  In our home, it is our tradition that I make a big dinner on the first night, and this includes latkes.  I have several versions of my latkes; sometimes I throw all the ingredients into the Cuisinart (when making for a huge crowd), sometimes I sneak in some grated zucchini or carrot to the already grated potato, but how we like them best is the way my Grandma Rose made them.  She grated everything by hand, squeezed out the water and fried them up in a pan. And that is how I will make them for tonight’s dinner.

I have some of my grandma’s original cooking utensils and I have to admit, they are my most coveted kitchen gear.  Sure, I love my 14-cup capacity Cuisinart and I couldn’t live without my kitchen aid mixer, but it is her double blade chopper, her grader, her cookie press, and her memories that I cherish the most.

Latkes are one of those 5 ingredient recipes – my kind of dish.  Serve them with a little unsweetened, organic applesauce on the side and for me, this is pretty much the perfect meal.

Grandma Rose’s flat grater

Grandma Rose’s Potato Latkes


2 medium russet potatoes, peeled
1/2 medium onion, minced
1 large egg
1 Tbsp. matzo meal
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
safflower or canola oil


• pour oil in a large, heavy skillet and on medium heat until hot, but not smoking. I don’t use a ton of oil.  just enough to coat the bottom of the pan.
• in a bowl, add egg, matzo meal, a pinch of salt and 10 grindings of pepper.  add minced onion and stir to combine.  I use my grandma’s flat grader to finely grate the onion, but one can do this by hand.
or throw the onions in the workbowl of your cuisinart, using the metal blade, pulse about 14 times.
• peel and wash potatoes.  grate potatoes on the large holes of a box grater.  squeeze as much water out of the potatoes as possible and add to the onion mixture. or, using your Cuisinart, grate 1 1/2 of the potaotes and pulse the other 1/2 of pototo with the onions. add the potatoes to the egg/onion mixture.
• working in small batches, spoon mixture into hot oil and fry them without moving them until slight golden brown around the edges, about 3-4 minutes.  flip and repeat on the other side.
• when done, remove pancakes from the pan and drain on paper towels set over a wire rack.
• serve warm with applesauce and sour cream.

The Urban Baker / SusanSalzman.com

Showing 17 comments
  • Amanda

    Now this is a keeper!! What a fantastic recipe!!! Gram’s rocks. 🙂

  • marla {family fresh cooking}

    Great latke recipe – love when recipes are handed down from loved ones. Happy Hanukkah to you and your sweet family 🙂 xo

  • Lisa!

    Mmmmmmm. You can drop some by later! 😉

  • Julie

    Wow, do they look great! Can’t wait to try them. 🙂

  • Jackie

    These look great. Would love to see more of Grandma’s utensils!!!!! Those are the best! Happy Chanukah!

  • Kristen

    Happy Hanukkah! What treasures to have some of your Grandma’s old utensils.

  • Deeba

    What a great post, and a great tribute to Grandma Rose. I have all my family’s old dilapidated kitchen things that no one even wants to look at! They think I am mad, but I ♥ them…as I ♥ your blogs new look! It’s spanking new & P R E T T Y!!
    {Oooops, I owe you an apology. I did get your mail, eternally grateful for it. Had family over, and didn’t get a chance to reply. Sorry!! Do forgive me}

  • Brigid

    I am making them tonight!

  • MiraUncut

    sometimes its just he simple things that we crave

  • Dragon Fruit

    yay I’m so happy you posted a latke recipe! my favorite, favorite holiday meal (besides Thanksgiving)… these look and sound delicious, definitely going to try it out… xo, Samantha

  • sally cameron

    Wonderful Susan! Such cherished memories. I may have to come over for a latke lesson. Anything with potatoes is good with me. Sounds great for breakfast with eggs. I have a few things of my mom’s from the kitchen. I know the feeling. Happy Hanukkah!

    • Susan

      Potatoes fried in oil – what could be bad? Once a year, I induldge and eat a “few” and then put the recipe away for another year!

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