Basic Potato Latkes


I make the same traditional recipe every year and I’ve never had any complaints. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

10 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 onion, peeled and cut into chunks
4 eggs
¼ cup flour
½ teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
Oil for frying

In a food processor, using the grater blade, grate the potatoes and onions. Pour into a strainer and strain about the extra liquid. In a large bowl, mix the potato-onion mixture with the eggs,flour, salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large frying pan. When oil is hot, place large spoonfuls of the potato mixture in the pan and flatten slightly. Cook until crispy (3 to 5 minutes per side) and drain on paper towels. Can be frozen. Serve with homemade applesauce or sour cream.

8 thoughts on “Basic Potato Latkes

  1. This question may be more appropriate for your forum but I need to know how do I get the smell of Potato Latkes out of my kitchen! Whether I’m living in a small apt or have a large kitchen, the smell of oil, onions and potatoes lasts for days! Any advice would be appreciated. And thanks for the great, easy recipe!!!

  2. I know what happens to the 1/4 cup of flour but a new cook might not. per haps you might want to add it into your instructions.

  3. I just made a batch of these latkes and they were great. Thanks Elizabeth, you are the best. Saul

    • The flour is added in with all the ingredients. Sorry for the confusion. It acts as a binder and helps reduce liquid build up in the batter. Make sure to get as much liquid out of the batter as possible.