Gil Marks' Homemade Potato Latkes Recipe


Cal/Serving: 355
Daily Value: 18%
Servings: 8

Sugar-Conscious, Dairy-Free, Milk-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Fish-Free, Shellfish-Free, Alcohol-Free
Vitamin A104IU2%
Vitamin C9mg14%
Thiamin (B1)0mg8%
Riboflavin (B2)0mg8%
Niacin (B3)1mg6%
Vitamin B60mg23%
Folic Acid (B9)30µg8%
Vitamin B120µg3%
Vitamin D0µg0%
Vitamin E6mg28%
Vitamin K2µg3%
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated19g0%
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated5g0%
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Russet Potatoes

I make my latkes usually on the first night, to set the mood, and fry them up for the tradition and love of them. Sometimes I do a cheese latke as well, but usually just potato. I also use a food processor, which makes them much to easier to make. I know some cooks who say that you can’t get the right consistency if you don’t use a grater, but that usually ends with bloody knuckles. So I use the more convenient food processor.

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  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled
  • About 1 ¼ teaspoons salt, plus more for soaking potatoes
  • 2 cups onions, minced
  • 3 large eggs, beaten lightly
  • About ¼ cup matzah meal or 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8–¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, puréed (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder (optional)
  • Vegetable oil or schmaltz, for frying
  • Applesauce, jam, or sour cream, for garnish


Place the potatoes in a bowl of lightly salted cold water. Place the onions in a large bowl. Grate the potatoes, coarsely or finely, into the onion, stirring to combine. Drain and press out the excess moisture. Add the eggs, matzah meal, salt, pepper, and, if using, parsley, garlic, and/or baking powder.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat for 3–5 minutes. Add 1/8-inch of oil and heat to 360 degrees. (The surface of the oil will shimmer.)

Drop the batter 1 tablespoon at a time (or up to 1/3 cup at a time) into the oil and flatten with the back of a spoon. Fry until golden on both sides, about 3–5 minutes per side. Then drain on paper towels. 

Potato latkes are traditionally served with applesauce, jam, and when not using schmaltz, sour cream.

Recipe Details

Makes about eighteen 3-inch pancakes

Servings: 8

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