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Hannukah Potato Pancakes

During the festival of Jewish lights known as Hannukah it is traditional to eat foods which have been lovingly fried in oil due to a miracle that is celebrated of oil in the Temple Menorah candelabra lasting for eight days instead of one after a regaining of national independence. One of the classic dishes is the Potato Latke (Fried Potato Pancake.) Some households also create this dish using Sweet Potatoes, Beets or Zucchini. This dish is prepared in Israel, Europe, The Americas and beyond. Traditionally served with either Sour Cream, or homemade Applesauce, and sometimes a bit of each! You will not be disappointed by this recipe if you love all things potato. We wish our visitors to World Cuisine Today Magazine and Blog a Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays. Find more holiday recipes from around the world at:

Potato Latke Pancakes


Two pounds Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes peeled and grated

One medium yellow onion minced

Two extra large or jumbo eggs beaten

One third of a cup All Purpose white flour

One teaspoon Kosher salt

One teaspoon ground white pepper

Canola Oil

One tablespoon lemon juice


1) Wash and grate potatoes and squeeze dry in a clean dry towel. If available, finely grate with the steel blade of a food processor or blender. Pat dry again. Place in a non reactive bowl and squeeze with the lemon juice.

2) Finely mince the onion. Beat the two jumbo eggs together thoroughly. Mix the flour, salt and pepper in with the egg mixture. Stir completely until as smooth as possible.

3) Heat one half an inch of oil in the bottom of a Dutch oven until sizzling hot. To test, put a few droplets of water in, it should sizzle. Take 1/3 cup of the mixture in a serving spoon or measuring cup. Cook on one side on medium high heat until sides look golden 1-2 minutes and about a minute to a minute and a half on the other. Make sure pancakes are golden but not burned. Place initially on a plate with paper towel to blot any excess oil from the frying process. The pancakes should be golden brown like hash browns but not too dark.

4) Place pancakes on an oven safe platter covered with foil in a 200 degree F oven. Serve with warm homemade applesauce and sour cream.

World Cuisine Today Magazine

December 4, 2022