Gil Marks' Homemade Potato Latkes Recipe

Gil Marks' Homemade Potato Latkes Recipe
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Russet Potatoes


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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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.


Calories per serving:

355 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 27g 41%
  • Carbs 25g 8%
  • Saturated 2g 11%
  • Fiber 2g 8%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 19g
  • Polyunsaturated 5g
  • Protein 5g 11%
  • Cholesterol 70mg 23%
  • Sodium 397mg 17%
  • Calcium 33mg 3%
  • Magnesium 32mg 8%
  • Potassium 544mg 16%
  • Iron 1mg 8%
  • Zinc 1mg 4%
  • Phosphorus 110mg 16%
  • Vitamin A 30µg 3%
  • Vitamin C 9mg 14%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 8%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 8%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 6%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 23%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 30µg 8%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 3%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 28%
  • Vitamin K 2µg 3%
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