On Sunday night, when we came home after a combined total of over 2,000 miles of driving over the last few weeks, the kitchen had no fresh food but the Murcotts we’d carried in our bags with us.
So it probably makes sense when I tell you our fare this week, despite all the inspiring, innovative foods we’ve been exposed to lately, has been the simple kind.
Using pantry ingredients and items that arrived (in a timely fashion) in our CSA box, Tim whipped up some Thai noodles on Sunday night, and I used our turnip greens to create a new spin on this kale salad alongside grilled cheese.
We ended up with this.
My favorite kind of recipe is the type where you make it once, and the ingredient list is simple enough to stay in your head, so that reciting it back to someone else or going to make it again later is almost brainless. I feel that way about the flaky pie crust recipe I inherited from my mom. And I feel that way about these potato pancakes.
Listen, guys: You take a pound of root vegetables, grate them and strain them, and mix them with an egg, onion, parsley, some flour, and salt and pepper.
Saute heaps of this mixture in oil, and you’re done. Whatever your schedule or the inside of your fridge is looking like these days, I hope simple, flavorful, home-cooked meals like this one can be a part of it.Print
Wispy fried potato shreds laced with sweet onions and parsley? Yes, please! These crispy latkes are the perfect choice for any time of day.
- 1/2 pound russet potatoes
- 1/2 pound sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup finely diced sweet onion
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- Grate the potatoes using the largest holes on your box grater or the shredding disc of your food processor. Place in a clean dish towel and squeeze out as much moisture as you can.
- In a large bowl, add the dried potato shreds, onion, parsley, egg, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together with a fork, and then add the flour 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring continuously.
- In a large skillet or cast iron pan, heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Carefully drop forkfuls of the potato shreds into the oil and gently flatten them with a spatula. Cook until crispy and golden, about 2-3 minutes per side.
- Place the cooked latkes on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil. Sprinkle with an additional pinch of salt and serve immediately.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Side Dishes
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Vegetarian
Keywords: latkes, potato, sweet potato, potato pancake, Hanukkah
Cooking By the Numbers…
Step 1 – Grate and Chop
Rinse, scrub, and dry the potatoes. Grate them, using the largest holes on your box grater, or the shredding disc of your food processor.
Keeping the skins on and adding sweet potatoes to the mix brings even more nutrients to the party.
Chop and measure the onions and parsley. Does this task bring you to tears? Check out our tips for chopping onions with a smile on your face!
Step 2 – Squeeze Out the Moisture
Place the shredded sweet and regular potatoes into a clean dish towel.
Squeeze out as much moisture as you can.
Feel free to work in batches, if you like. The more water you can remove, the crispier the latkes will be.
Step 3 – Add the Binders and Make the Batter
In a large bowl, mix the dried potato shreds with the onion, egg, parsley, salt, and pepper.
While stirring with a fork, incorporate the flour about a tablespoon at a time.
Toss and mix thoroughly, to combine all of the ingredients well.
Step 4 – Fry
In a large skillet or cast iron pan, heat about 1 inch of the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
You can test if the oil is hot enough by dropping in a few shreds of the potatoes. If the oil bubbles and sizzles immediately, it’s ready.
Carefully drop large forkfuls of the mixture into the oil, being sure not to crowd the pan, and gently flatten them with a spatula. Working in batches, cook until crispy and golden, about 2-3 minutes per side.
Place the cooked latkes on a paper-towel lined plate to drain any excess oil.
Sprinkle hot latkes with an additional pinch of salt and serve immediately.
Potato Pancakes Are an Anytime O’Clock Food
Don’t let the word “pancake” trick you into thinking you should only fry up these fritters for the first meal of the day.
Latkes make an ideal partner for any type of protein. Serve them alongside a classic roasted chicken or a big, buttery steak.
These savory rounds may be a side dish, but dollop them with a cinnamon-scented spoonful of a homemade stovetop or pressure cooker applesauce and a swirl of tangy sour cream, and they’ll take center stage on your table whether you’re celebrating a holiday with the family or rustling up a quick dinner after some time away from home.
Looking for more ways to turn up the volume on traditional taters? With these recipes, you’ll see spuds in a whole new light:
- Potato Wedges with Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip
- Cabbage, Potatoes, and White Beans
- Buttered Miso Roasted Potatoes
What will you drape over these crispy latkes? Greek yogurt? Cream cheese and smoked salmon? Share your creative toppings in the comments below! And don’t forget to give this recipe a five-star rating if you loved it.
Photos by Fanny Slater, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on October 30, 2013. Last updated: October 18, 2022 at 9:34 am. With additional writing and editing by Fanny Slater and Allison Sidhu.
Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Shanna Mallon
Shanna Mallon is a freelance writer who holds an MA in writing from DePaul University. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including The Kitchn, Better Homes & Gardens, Taste of Home, Houzz.com, Foodista, Entrepreneur, and Ragan PR. In 2014, she co-authored The Einkorn Cookbook with her husband, Tim. Today, you can find her digging into food topics and celebrating the everyday grace of eating on her blog, Go Eat Your Bread with Joy. Shanna lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with Tim and their two small kids.