Basic Potato Latkes
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This recipe was shared with us by my friend Levana. She is a cookbook author who is known worldwide for her kosher recipes, and her most recent title is The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen.
Serves: about 24 latkes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (see post above for gluten-free options)
  • 4 eggs (see post above for vegan options)
  • 1 large onion, finely grated
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 8 large Russet potatoes, peeled and grated very thin for smooth texture, or coarser for crunchier texture
  • Oil, for frying
  1. Put the flour, eggs, onion, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a large bowl and mix to thoroughly combine.
  2. Add the potatoes and stir to thoroughly combine, but do not squeeze (you don't want to extract moisture). Work very quickly to avoid discolored potatoes.
  3. Heat about ¼-inch of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Form some of the potato mixture into small-to-medium sized patties.
  5. Add the patties to the oil, with some space between each.
  6. Flip the patties when the edges of the latkes are golden and crispy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Cook until the second side is browned, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Remove the latkes to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, and optionally sprinkle the patties with a little salt while still warm.
  8. Repeat steps 4 through 7 until the potato mixture is used up. Serve the latkes warm with your dairy-free topping of choice.
Make-Ahead Option: Latkes are best when eaten fresh, but these can be made in advance. Reheat them on a baking sheet in a 300ºF oven for about 15 minutes, or until they are hot and crisp.

Sweet Potato Latkes Option: Substitute sweet potatoes (about 5 pounds) for the regular potatoes. Optionally add brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger to taste.

Potato Kugel Option: Add ⅓ cup oil to the potato latke batter. Pour the batter into a greased loaf or square baking dish, and bake uncovered at 375ºF for 1 hour or until the top is golden brown.
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