Mom’s Famous Latkes

This is my moms most famous latke recipe. It is classic and simple and has been passed down several generations.

To be honest, this was the first time I made them as an adult since I was young. However, memories of sitting at the table, grating and grating onions and potato with bleeding knuckles still haunt me. Thank God for my food processor…Oh..which I finally broke in! (Happy Chrismukkah to me!)

If you’re familiar with Old-style Jewish cooking, measuring doesn’t really exist, and I knew that when mom was dictating the recipe to me. “Mostly potatoes, not so much squash and lots of onion-sweet white onion”. Yes, mom! Between our banter back and forth-I think we got the measurements down.

Latke Tips: (According to Mom)
– Use a good grating potato.
– Squeeze as much water out as possible (will explain later). This is KEY!
-Make sure mixture isn’t too wet.
-Make sure oil is HOT before frying (Canola is good).
-Use even measuring when scooping mixture into pan.
-Season liberally.


5 russet potatoes, peeled and halved (to fit in food processor)
2 green or yellow zucchini
1 large onion, peeled and halved or quartered (a sweet white onion)
4 eggs
1/2 c Matzoh meal
Salt and pepper to taste
Canola oil for frying


1) If using a food processor, attach blade fitted with shred attachment and shred potatoes, zucchini and onion.

2) Use a clean dish towel and scoop about a cup of the vegetable mixture at a time and squeeze out the excess water. This is so important to squeeze out as much moisture as possible so you can get crispy pancakes.
*This is the time to use that other half of yours!

3) Once all the water is squeezed out, place in a clean bowl and add eggs, matzoh meal and salt and pepper. Use your hands (honestly, the best tools you have) and combine well. Mixture should not be wet.

Begin heating a deep skillet with canola oil, about 1/4 in deep. Should be hot, but not smoking. Test with a piece of potato-if sizzles, it’s ready.

4) Using a table spoon, scoop even-sized mixture and drop carefully in hot oil. Don’t overcrowd pan. I fit about 4-5 Tb latke in each batch.
Fry until edges are brown and crisp, then flip over and fry other side until golden brown and crisp.

5) Place latke on paper-towel lined plates as you make them. Only in single layers, don’t overlap.
*Season with kosher salt after frying.
*Serve with apple sauce and sour cream. (I am using creme fraichehere).

Enjoy and Happy Hanukkah!



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