Cheese Pancakes: The Original Latkes Recipe

Cheese Pancakes: The Original Latkes Recipe
Staff Writer
Ricotta
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Ricotta

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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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

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.

Cheese Shopping Tip

If a piece of cheese smells strongly of ammonia, don't buy it. This is typically a sign of spoilage.

Cheese Cooking Tip

Allow cheese to come to room temperature before serving. This will accentuate the flavors and aromas.