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2nd Ave Deli Potato Latkes

2nd Ave Deli Potato Latkes

Potato latkes are a classic fried potato pancake, normally served for Chanukah and other Jewish holidays. Recipe courtesy of Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food.


  • 2 1/2 Pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 large onions (1 1/2 cups grated dont tamp down)
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 Cups matzo meal
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 3/4 Cups corn oil
  • 1/2 Cup corn oil, for frying
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons salt
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon pepper
  • Applesauce, for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving


In a food processor, fine-grate the potatoes (don’t liquefy; leave some texture), and strain to eliminate excess liquid. Don’t overdo it; just let the water drain out.

Fine-grate the onions, and mix in a large bowl with the potatoes. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can grind the potatoes and onions in a meat grinder.)

Add the eggs, baking powder, ¾ cup corn oil (most of it cooks out), flour, salt, and pepper; mix well. Fold in the matzo meal, making sure that everything is very well blended.

Heat ½ cup corn oil in a deep skillet. Spoon the batter (use a large kitchen spoon) into the pan to create pancakes about 3½-inches in diameter. Fry on low heat for 3 to 4 minutes until the underside is a deep golden brown, turn, and fry another minute or two. Drain on a paper towel. Serve with applesauce and/or sour cream.