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Adam Richman's Hanukkah Latkes

A plate with a potato latke; Shutterstock ID 90816173; PO:
A plate with a potato latke; Shutterstock ID 90816173; PO: today.comShutterstock
Cook Time:
15 mins
Prep Time:
25 mins

Chef notes

This was the latke recipe I grew up with! And it is arguably the best and most traditional one I've ever had.

Technique tip: Use the small opening on the grater to grate the potatoes, which provides more texture than using a food processor.

Swap option: To vary the flavor of the latkes, substitute some, but not all, of the potato with either grated zucchini, squash or riced cauliflower, or substitute a sweet potato for some of the white potato in this recipe. Potato is a great binder and cuts down on any possible bitterness from the other vegetables.


  • 4-5 large potatoes, peeled
  • 1 large onion, peeled
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and white pepper, to taste
  • 1/4-1/2 cup matzo meal (depending on how much liquid the potatoes and onions yield)
  • Oil, such as grapeseed, avocado or canola, for frying



Use the small openings on a box grater to grate the potatoes and onions (a food processor may also be used) into a large bowl.


Add 2 eggs, salt, white pepper and matzo meal and mix together.


Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Drop rounded tablespoons of the mixture into the oil and fry on each side until brown and crispy.


Remove potato pancakes from the oil with a slotted spatula and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.


Serve with plain, with applesauce or cranberry applesauce, as desired.