Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2 pounds starchy baking potatoes (such as russets or Yukon Golds), peeled

  2. 1 medium onion, peeled

  3. 1 teaspoon salt

  4. 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  5. 2 eggs Sour cream and applesauce

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Grate the potatoes and onions in a food processor using a medium-size shredding disk. Wrap a third of the grated potatoes and onions in a clean tea towel and wring out as much moisture as possible. Removing the excess water helps reduce splattering during frying and results in firmer, better-tasting latkes. Empty the towel into a separate bowl and repeat the process with the remaining potatoes, using a clean, dry section of the tea towel each time. Add the salt and pepper to the mixture. Toss to evenly distribute. In a small bowl, beat the eggs with a fork, then pour them over the potatoes and stir to combine. Set the mixture aside, covered with plastic wrap. Heat 2 to 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, drop 3 to 4 mounds of the potato mixture -- an ice-cream scoop works well for this -- into the skillet. Flatten the mounds with a fork or spatula and fry each side until nicely browned, about 5 minutes per side. Serve the latkes immediately with sour cream or applesauce (or keep them warm on a baking sheet in a 300º F oven). Makes about 10 latkes.


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