Potato Latkes- and the best ways to eat them!

Have you ever tried these delicious Hanukkah treats? Latkes (or in Hebrew, levivot) are traditional potato pancakes, eaten during Hanukkah to celebrate the miracle of oil lasting 8 days in a Jewish temple in Jerusalem after it was attacked and destroyed. All Hanukkah food is meant to celebrate oil- which means, you guessed it, lots of fried food! Read on to check out the classic recipe for latkes (makes 20 latkes) and some great toppings as well!

 

Ingredient

Amount

Potatoes

2.5-3 lbs

Onions, peeled

2

Eggs, beaten

3

Canola Oil

1 cup
Flour

½ cup

Salt

1 tsp

Ground pepper

¼ tsp

 

  1. Lay out layers of paper towel- this will help soak up any moisture from the grated potatoes and prevent soggy latkes
  2. Peel and grate the potatoes and onions. If you have a food processor, it will really speed up the process, but it is not necessary! Grate the potatoes directly into a bowl of cold water in order to keep them from discolouring.
  3. Drain the potatoes and pat dry with the paper towel
  4. Place potato and onion in a large bowl and add the eggs, salt, pepper. Mix well
  5. Start by adding 1/4 cup of flour and mix. Slowly continue adding flour until the mix sticks together
  6. Add oil to frying pan on medium to high heat
  7. Drop 1/4 cup of the mixture into the frying pan and flatten for even cooking
  8. Lay out dishes with more paper towel on them- once the latke is golden brown and crispy on both sides, serve it onto the paper towel in order for some oil to be soaked up
  9. Continue with the rest of the mixture, making sure the pan is not to crowded
  10. Latkes are best fresh right off the pan. Wait a few minutes to cool, add your toppings, and enjoy!

And there you have it- a classic latke recipe- easy and simple. Now for the best part: toppings!

  1. Sour cream is a classic- the cool creamy topping mixed with the warm crispy latke is a match made in heaven
  2. Apple sauce is another favourite- sweet and savoury all in one!
  3. Horseradish mayo is an out-of-the-box option, but oh so effective
  4. Melted cheese and sriracha– could you think of a better combo?

What are your favourite latke toppings? Let us know in the comments below!

Mika Fogelman- Client Care Manager

Mika is passionate about helping others in any way she can. Having danced since she was five years old, she discovered excitement for fitness through teaching Zumba dance fitness classes, and loves to help others develop their confidence through exercise.

 

This post has been developed by studio contributors which include Co-Op students, kinesiologists, therapists and our expert colleagues

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