Cast Iron

Classic Potato PancakeĀ (Latkes)

November 23, 2010
3 Ratings
  • Serves 4 to 6
Author Notes

This recipe is near and dear to my heart. My close friend spoke of potato pancakes always. I loved the family story behind her love of this recipe. I learned her Jewish heritage and significant recipes. I love history lessons through food. Later at a restaurant in New York City, I tried potato pancakes. I had just taken a new job as a pharmaceutical rep, and so did my future husband. Over potato pancakes we got to know each other. We were excited for our new jobs, and the best was yet to come. I would say that potato pancakes went full circle for me. —ashleychasesdinner

What You'll Need
  • 5 large Russet potatoes, peeled
  • 2 1/2 large white onions
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup matzo meal or unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  1. Take one peeled potato and use large side of box grinder to shred potato.
  2. Next grind one onion. The onion juice will help the potato keep its color and not turn brown.
  3. Alternate between the potatoes and onions, until all are shredded.
  4. Let sit in a bowl for 10 minutes. This releases water, pour the water from the bowl after 10 minutes.
  5. Take a dish towel and press the potato and onion mixture to release more water. Keep pressing until dry.
  6. Now place potato and onion mixture in a large bowl.
  7. Mix in eggs, matzo meal ( or bread crumbs) and salt. Mix well.
  8. Add 4 Tablespoons of oil to a heavy cast iron pan over medium high heat.
  9. Take 2 tablespoons of mixture and drop in oil.
  10. Press into a patty using a fork. Let cook for 5 to 7 minutes per side. Flip only once. ( this prevents excess oil in the pancake).
  11. When done, transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb access moisture.
  12. Serve hot with applesauce and sour cream.
  13. Note: Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator up to 5 days.
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One constant in my life is food. I love to cook, eat and learn new things about food. I grew up in a family who had the philosophy that the kitchen was the heart of the home. My southern mom and grandma were amazing cooks who taught me food was more than sustenance, it was soulful. I am always amazed, inspired and genuinely happy to have found such a place as food52 with so many like minded individuals. With inspiration like this to draw from, there is endless oportunity to learn new things!

4 Reviews

walkie74 November 30, 2012
Note to self: do not make croquettes. These would have been delicious if I'd made them into thin patties like the recipe called for. At any rate, they were still reasonably good.
boulangere September 17, 2011
What a beautiful story. And beautiful potato pancakes!
ashleychasesdinner November 27, 2010
Thanks drbabs!
drbabs November 25, 2010
Nice story!