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Easy potato latkes

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus resting and draining
  • Easy
  • Makes 12 large or 24 small

Serve these potato latkes with apple sauce, or smoked salmon with a dollop of soured cream. Traditionally made for Hanukkah, they're great all year round

  • Healthy
Nutrition: Per serving


  • 4 Maris Piper potatoes, peeled
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp plain flour or matzoh meal
  • vegetable, peanut or canola oil, for frying

To serve (optional)

  • soured cream
  • smoked salmon
  • finely chopped chives
  • apple sauce


  • STEP 1

    Coarsley grate the potatoes and onion into a large bowl, or use a food processor with a coarse grating blade. Leave the mixture to rest for about 15 mins so the liquid releases from the onions and potatoes. Carefully drain off the liquid for about 30 mins until the mixture is dry, then put in a cheese cloth and squeeze out the remaining liquid.

  • STEP 2

    Add the eggs, flour, 1 tsp sea salt and pepper, and mix well. Pour the oil into the pan so that it is 2-3cm deep. Set over a medium heat for a few minutes until it ripples.

  • STEP 3

    Carefully spoon in the mixture to the size you want – 2 tbsp for large latkes or 1 tbsp for small. Fry them in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan, and cook on each side until browned for 2 mins. Remove to a plate lined with kitchen paper, then season with a sprinkling of salt. Serve with the soured cream and smoked salmon, finished with a sprinkling of chives, or just apple sauce – both are traditional.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2021

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