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Latkes - Potato Pancakes

This recipe comes from Karen ( Ilyce is her alias ) who is in a recipe club with between twenty and thirty members, the oldest of whom is eighty-six and the youngest is thirteen, who collect recipes and love to cook.

Karen told me that she is "thirty-four years old, single and loves to cook, among other things. I've been cooking and collecting recipes since I was in my teens and have a very big collection. I collect from magazines, friends, newspapers, brochures, advertising material, and product recipes, the net, recipe groups and a list of other places. If I've taken the recipes from the web or from a magazines, there should be a source but sometimes, over the years, it wasn't collected".

"Latkes are fried in oil and eaten to help celebrate Hanukkah. When the Maccabees found only a small amount of oil in the Holy Temple, they were surprised when the oil in the lamp burned for eight days. Latkes are eaten to remember this miracle".


6 medium-size potatoes
1 onion
2 eggs
2 oz flour
1 teaspoon salt
oil for deep frying

  • Peel and grate the potatoes into a mixing bowl. The secret to crispy latkes is to squeeze out the liquid from the potatoes. Press down on them with a big spoon and pour off the liquid.
  • Peel and grate the onion into the potatoes.
  • Add eggs, flour and salt and stir to make a smooth batter that will drop heavily from the spoon.
  • Heat the fat in a heavy frying pan, drop the batter from a spoon into the hot fat, making pancakes 3 inches in diameter.
  • Fry over moderate heat until brown on the underside, turn and brown other side.
  • Lift out and drain off excess fat - put them on paper towels.

Serve with your favorite homemade applesauce and sour cream.

Serves 4

Karen ( Ilyce )

Molto Mario