Latkes (Crispy Potato Pancakes) & Positive Energy

Dec 20, 2011

Without sounding all yoga, I have the following to say:

It takes just as much energy to be and say negative things as it does positive.  This time of year – but really in all seasons – life is much more enjoyable when we spread kindness and joy.

That is all.

That, and the best darn latkes.  Served with applesauce, sour cream, or my personal favorite: crisped in the skillet the next day with a fried egg and spinach.

Just try and be ungracious or petty or spiteful after eating that.

Or don’t.

Crispy Latkes

I fiddle with mine so you'll have to improv slightly...meaning if you are new to potato pancake making, you want the patties to be just wet enough that they don't fall apart, but not so wet and eggy that they turn into potato omelets. The key to my mega latkes is bathing the shredded potatoes in very cold water until the red starchy stuff is gone and patting very very dry. You may also try sweet potato or zucchini.

2 cups peeled and shredded potatoes - you must rinse them in cold water and then wrap in towel to drain

1/4 cup grated onion (also press this dry)

3 eggs, beaten

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

canola oil for frying (you can use peanut, too, or any high-burning oil)

Rinse potatoes and drain in towels - you want them super dry. Same with onions. Then mix onions and potato. Add eggs and sprinkle in flour and salt. Heat a couple inches of oil and fry. You want the patties to be about 1/4-1/2 inch thick for regular ones. I make jumbo ones - up to you - but let brown well on each side and transfer to baking sheet in oven.


  1. Henry Halem
    December 20, 2011

    Great recipe! I’ve used this one for years, it’s a classic. Only dif is that I use 1 egg per cup of potato. I freeze a bunch of these and have one with an over easy egg on it for breakfast. You have a terrific blog Emily.

    • EmilyFranklin
      December 20, 2011

      Big thanks, Ramblin’ Hank! Hope you liked the spinach recipe at Thanksgiving I sent home with J!

  2. Charlotte Klein
    December 20, 2011

    Thanks so much for the potato latke and the winter squash soup recipes, Emily! I made my latkes just a bit differently in the past but tried your recipe tonight and my husband and I really thought that they were yummy! I will try the winter squash soup soon. By the way, I love your blog and enjoy the short stories that accompany them. Sent my vegan college roommate the squash soup recipe. Happy Chanukah to you and the family.

    • EmilyFranklin
      December 20, 2011

      Thanks! We still miss you around here…glad the latkes were a hit. Let me know what you end up using in the soup (for vegans, tell your roommate to try almond milk or coconut for a lovely flavor). Happy Chanukah to you!

  3. Celia
    December 21, 2011

    I’ll have to give this a go! I’ve never made latkes before, but always enjoy a potato pancake! 🙂 Thanks Em!