Meyer Family Perfect Potato Latkes

What's a Jewish cooking blog without a recipe for latkes? This is my grandmother's and mother's recipe. Works perfectly!

Meyer Family Perfect Potato Latkes


6 medium potatoes, scrubbed, peeled 1 onion 2 eggs 1/2 cup flour (or cup-for-cup gluten free "flour") 1 tsp. salt fresh pepper. (serves about 6)


Using the shredding blade of a food processor, shred the potatoes. Set colander lined with a dish cloth in the sink to drain. Place the potatoes in the cloth-lined colander, and squeeze out all the liquid you can.

Grate or finely chop onion, mix in eggs, salt and pepper.

Continue squeezing out as much liquid as you can, put half the shredded potatoes in with the onions and eggs, and return the other half to the food processor with the steel blade, and pulse a few times. Mix the chopped potatoes in with the rest, add flour, and mix well.

​You cannot really make this mixture too far in advance; as you probably know, the potato mixture will darken. However, if you cover it tightly with plastic (right on the surface of the potatoes), and cover with a dish towel, you can get about 45 minutes' grace time, before the mixture turns unappealingly gray.​

Heat about 2 1/2 inches of Wesson oil in a large frying pan, and heat the oil till smoking. Drop a bit of the mixture in, it should sizzle like crazy. Using a deep-fry thermometer will give you the best idea of the temperature of the oil -- aim for 350 degrees F for best results.

Add tablespoons of the mixture into the pan, allowing the oil to come back to temperature. Turn occasionally with a slotted spoon, and cook until they are nut-brown.

Drain on brown paper bags over a rack, and sprinkle liberally with kosher salt.

Keep latkes warm until the batch is done on baking pans, lined with paper towels in a 225 degree F oven.

Serve with sour cream or crème fraîche, applesauce, and gravlax.

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