Bake

Giant Skillet Latke

November 23, 2018
17 Ratings
Photo by Rocky Luten
Author Notes

When I decided to develop a single, giant skillet latke recipe—goodbye, oil splatters and spending the entire night at the stovetop!—I knew I had to start with that of David Firestone, aka The Latke King. After I told him I'd be doing so, he responded that if my end result's any good, I just might score an invitation to a future latke party. Well, David, what's your verdict? (I'll bring wine.) —Ella Quittner

Test Kitchen Notes

Featured in: A Giant Skillet Latke to Win ’Em All: —The Editors

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Makes 1 10-inch latke
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 pounds Russet potatoes, unpeeled and scrubbed, grated using the disk of a food processor
  • 2 medium shallots, peeled and finely blitzed in the food processor
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup (scant) matzo meal or very finely ground matzo
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions, chives, and parsley, plus extra chopped chives for garnish
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or enough to cover the bottom of your skillet comfortably), plus a little extra for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, for serving (or use whatever you like to top)
  • 1/3 cup sour cream, for serving (or use whatever you like to top)
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Place the grated potato and shallot in a colander over a large bowl. Mix it all around with your ands and squeeze as hard as you possibly can so that any extra moisture leaves the potatoes and onions and drips through to the bowl. When you think you’re done, squeeze some more. Toss the liquid that makes it into the bowl, but don’t rinse the bowl out—you want to retain the gluey starch clinging to its bottom.
  2. Add the potato and shallot mixture to the bowl. Mix in the egg, matzo meal, chopped herbs, kosher salt, and pepper. Make sure the various components are thoroughly combined. Let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat your oven to 475°F.
  3. Heat olive oil in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over a medium-high flame, until it’s hot enough that if you drop a little pinch of the potato mixture in as a test, it immediately starts to happily sizzle. Add the latke mixture to the skillet and pat it firmly into a single even layer no more than 1/3-inch thick. Don’t try to get the sides too smooth—it’s a latke! The edges are supposed to be frizzy. Drizzle the top with a little extra oil (about 2 tablespoons), and transfer to the oven.
  4. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until the top is starting to brown and the sides are crisp. Then, turn on your broiler. Broil the latke for 3 to 4 minutes until the top is golden brown and crispy. Check on it regularly during this time to prevent it from staying in too long and burning. Remove from under the broiler and let cool a few minutes. Serve straight out of the skillet or by sliding the giant latke onto a serving platter. (Just be careful, the pan is hot!) Top with sour cream and applesauce mounded in the center, with finely chopped chives sprinkled over the whole thing.

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Ella Quittner is a contributing writer and the Absolute Best Tests columnist at Food52. She covers food, travel, wellness, lifestyle, home, novelty snacks, and internet-famous sandwiches. You can follow her on Instagram @equittner, or Twitter at @ellaquittner. She also develops recipes for Food52, and has a soft spot for all pasta, anything spicy, and salty chocolate things.

9 Reviews

Marlo December 26, 2020
Forgot to add that the bamboo colander set in the Food 52 shop was super handy for squeezing out the shredded potatoes, pouring out the liquid, and mixing. Highly recommended!
 
Marlo December 26, 2020
Excellent recipe! I'd never made latkes before, but the promise of no peeling potatoes and no oily spattering intrigued me. My son and I got out the food processor and followed the well written instructions, only adapting amounts slightly for more potatoes (1 3/4 lbs potatoes, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup panko, 2 tsp salt, extra herbs--didn't have matzo meal) and a 12" skillet. It was a delicious addition to our little Covid-era Christmas dinner. This amount served 4 people with no leftovers. It's only the day after Christmas and I'm making another one now. That's how much we liked it!
 
Lagordon December 13, 2019
How many people would this serve? I usually serve 3-4 roughly 3 inch latkes per person. Am I right in thinking this basically would serve two people? Its too bad I dont have a double oven...
 
bookjunky November 29, 2018
My husband says “one? That’s not enough.”
 
Author Comment
Ella Q. November 29, 2018
I have made a double batch with two skillets concurrently before, when feeding a bigger group. (Exactly double proportions.)
 
Eric K. November 27, 2018
Ugh. This was so insanely delicious. Thanks for the recipe, Ella-
 
Nancy November 27, 2018
Ella- this looks intriguing...like the Dutch Baby of latkes! Also, I note that you skirt the perennial argument/split in families by showing both applesauce and sour cream as garnishes. Last, I'm interested in playing with some of the other root veg here... did you try or think of parsnip, sweet potato etc?
 
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Ella Q. November 27, 2018
Thank you Nancy! That sounds so delicious. I have thought about variations, but haven't tested through them quite yet—would love to hear how it goes if you swap in any other root vegetables.
 
Nancy December 7, 2018
Ella - made this with half sweet potato and half regular (wanted the starch from the regular) and it tasted delicious. I will try parsnips in the mix another time. Nice technique...much less work and splatter!