Easy Latkes Recipe

These classic latkes get a little extra oomph from the addition of schmaltz.
Easy Latkes Recipe
Photo by Heami Lee

Makes 9
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes


for the latkes:
3 Russet potatoes, peeled and grated (about 2 pounds|950 grams)
¼ cup|30 grams matzoh meal
2 tablespoons schmaltz
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 Spanish onion, grated
kosher salt, to taste
2 cups|473 ml canola oil, for frying

to serve:
sour cream


  1. Place the grated potato in a cheese cloth and ring out as much liquid as possible.
  2. Transfer the potato to a bowl with the matzoh meal, schmaltz, baking soda, egg, and onion. Season with salt and mix thoroughly.
  3. Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium. Working in batches, place about ½ cup of potato mixture in your hand and form a thick pancake. Fry, flipping once, until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt. Serve with applesauce and sour cream.

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