Potato Latkes for Hanukkah!

by Isabella on December 12, 2011

So for the past week I have been battling a bad case of bronchitis.  Finally yesterday, after 3 nights of no sleep, my body was done with it all, and I took a day off work to rest.  I think I drank about 5 cups of tea a day since Wednesday, and I did eat almost half of the Honey Bear container.  So today I am glad to report that I am feeling a bit better.

Upon waking up this morning, I felt hungry, as I have every morning for probably the last 15 weeks of this pregnancy, and I felt like eating something that I haven’t eaten in a while, a comfort food to take my mind off of this annoying cough.  Hubby Simon suggested eggs, which is usually my go to food for almost any occasion, but eggs didn’t sound appetizing today.  So I decided that I want to make some Potato Latkes.

Last time I made these, i used a boxed powdered mix, and truthfully, I don’t think I’ll ever do that again.  So today, as I have a little more bounce in my step, I will share with you the steps to yummy brunch/lunch food made from scratch.

Potato Latkes


4 cups grated potatoes

2 tablespoons of grated onion (usually just one small onion)

2 eggs

1/4 cup of  flour

a few sprigs of dill – chopped

salt and pepper to taste

Vegetable or Peanut oil



1.  Start with peeling a bunch of potatoes, and then grating them on a grater.  If you have a food processor, which we currently do not possess, the process can probably be made faster by using it.

2. After grating 4 cups, make sure to squeeze all the liquid out of the potato either by hand, or using a cheese cloth and put into bowl.

3. Add 2 table spoons of grated onion

4. in a separate small bowl lightly fluff the two eggs and then add to potato and onion mixture

5. Add 1/4 cup of flour and salt and pepper to taste

6. Add chopped dill

7.  Heat enough oil in a pan to coat the bottom of the pan, and put 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick patties and brown them on each side.

8.  Place them on paper towel to drain oil and serve with a dollop of sour cream.

Yummy yummy yum!!

As I am of Russian Jewish heritage, no potato latke is complete without some kind of side dish.  So I decided to pan brown some beef hot dogs until they were thoroughly cooked and serve them on the side.

Alternatively, for a healthier version, you could eat them with a side of salad and get your veggies, carbs and protein (from the two eggs in the mix as well as the sour cream on top), all in one.  Or you could eat them with a side of smoked salmon and some sliced cucumbers and tomatoes.

I would personally choose smoked nova salmon over beef hotdogs any time of the day, but as I am not allowed to eat any uncooked products for at least another 9 weeks, I am stuck with getting my salty craving fix from a pan browned hot dog :)


  • yon

    thanks! this realy helped me!!

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