Cheese Pancakes: The Original Latkes Recipe

Ricotta
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Ingredients

  • 16 ounces farmer cheese, pot cheese, or drained ricotta cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • About ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • About ½ teaspoon table salt or 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil or butter, for frying
  • Sour cream, yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon-sugar, or fresh fruit, for serving

Latkes originally derived from Italian ricotta pancakes and became part of the Hanukkah culinary tradition because they combined the two popular food symbols of the holiday: fried food and dairy.

Click here to see Happy Hanukkah: For the Love of Latkes!

Directions

In a large bowl, beat together the cheese, eggs, flour, sugar, vanilla, and salt until well combined.

In a large skillet or griddle, heat a thin layer of oil or butter over medium heat. In batches, drop the batter 1 heaping tablespoon at a time and fry until the top is set and the bottom is browned slightly, about 3 minutes. Turn and fry until golden, about 2 minutes.

Serve with sour cream, yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon-sugar, or fresh fruit.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

303 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:

15%

Servings:

12
  • Fat 24g 37%
  • Carbs 9g 3%
  • Saturated 8g 42%
  • Fiber 0g 1%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 11g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 12g 24%
  • Cholesterol 101mg 34%
  • Sodium 364mg 15%
  • Calcium 266mg 27%
  • Magnesium 14mg 4%
  • Potassium 61mg 2%
  • Iron 1mg 4%
  • Zinc 2mg 10%
  • Phosphorus 220mg 31%
  • Vitamin A 126µg 14%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 5%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 16%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 3%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 32µg 8%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 8%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 13%
  • Vitamin K 1µg 1%
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