Cheese Pancakes: The Original Latkes Recipe

Cheese Pancakes: The Original Latkes Recipe
Staff Writer



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.

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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.


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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • 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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