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Potato Latkes

These traditional crispy, golden potato latkes make the best holiday side dish. Make them in big batches to serve the whole family!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time42 minutes
Course: side dishes
Cuisine: Jewish, Middle Eastern
Servings: 6
Author: Kevin


Apple Sauce




Apple Sauce

  • Peel and core each apple. Cut apples into ½ inch slices and place in a saucepan with the sugar, garam masala and water.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  • Carefully transfer into a blender and blend on high until smooth or use an immersion blender. Transfer to a bowl and cool completely.


  • Peel and grate onion then potatoes. Transfer to a bowl along with a kosher salt, white pepper and toss to coat.
  • Lay a kitchen towel on counter and transfer onion potato mixture in center. Fold the towel over potatoes tightly and squeeze and discard the liquid.
  • Add potatoes to a large bowl with eggs and panko, tossing until combined.
  • Take ⅓ cup of potato mixture and form into patty, ¾-inch thick and 4 inches wide. Lay on lined baking tray and repeat with remaining potatoes.
  • In a deep heavy bottom skillet (cast iron my pick), add ghee or chicken fat and oil. Once the oil is shimmering, add latkes one at a time (See Note 4). Fry 2-4 minutes and a deep golden brown. Flip and repeat.
  • Place on a wire rack to drain and season with salt immediately.
  • Serve latke topped with sour cream and applesauce.


  1. You can also substitute apples of choice, like McIntosh or Golden Delicious apples.
  2. You can also substitute with Pumpkin Spice blend, Chinese Five Spice or Garam Masala.
  3. You can also substitute ground matzo meal or regular bread crumbs.
  4. Don’t over crowd the pan or let latkes touch. We want these crispy, not steamed.


Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 1235mg | Potassium: 1124mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg