Recipe: Potato Pancakes (Latkes)

Potato pancakes are one of the most basic food. The odds are very good you have a potato, onion, and eggs just hanging around your house so this is a great meal or snack for a night when you don’t want to make anything too fancy. The texture of these will change depending on which way you grate the potatoes. I just simply used a mandolin to julienne them but feel free to use a box grater or even get your lazy on and drop them in a food processor!

Potato Pancakes / Latkes
Serves 4
  1. 1 pound potatoes (about 3 large potatoes)
  2. 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  3. 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil
  1. Peel potatoes and grate by preferred method, placing the grated potato in a bowl of cold water as grated.
  2. Drain the potatoes very well and pat with a towel. To the towel add the onions and wring it tightly to remove as much liquid as possible, then place in a dry bowl with the egg and salt.
  3. In a 12 inch skillet or pan, heat 1/4 cup oil over fairly high heat until hot and shimmery.
  4. In batches spoon potato mixture into skillet and flatten/spread gently in to a round with with a fork then reduce heat to moderate and cook until undersides are browned, about 4-5 minutes.
  5. Flip the latkes over and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to paper towels to drain and season with salt/pepper.
  6. Add more oil to skillet and repeat until all latkes are cooked. Serve with sour cream, chives, applesauce, etc.
Adapted from Epicurious
Adapted from Epicurious
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