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Holidays All Over: Latkes

Editor’s note: Whether you’re lighting candles for Hanukkah or Scandinavian St. Lucia Day, hanging lights on your Christmas tree, or preparing for Kwanzaa, Omisoka, New Year’s, or the Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, now is the season of celebration. And many holidays, in many places, involve family meals to celebrate the season, abundance, and the fact of our togetherness. We hope you’ll enjoy these holiday recipes. This recipe was originally published in the Chop Chop Magazine Winter 2012 issue, and is part of the Holidays All Over recipe series.

These Hanukkah favorites are traditionally fried in oil to celebrate the oil of the eight nights of lights (like a menorah—the special Hanukkah candle holder—does). Our potato pancakes are oven-baked, which makes them easier, crunchier, and healthier—but there’s still a little symbolic oil in there!


Hands-on Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Makes: 12 latkes
Adult: Yes

Kitchen Gear:

  • Measuring spoons
  • 1 large nonstick rimmed baking sheet or 2 smaller ones
  • Small bowl
  • Box grater
  • Colander
  • Paper towels
  • Large bowl
  • Large spoon
  • Heatproof spatula
  • Pot holders

Latkes and apple sauce


  • 2  tablespoons olive oil
  • 3  tablespoons all-purpose white or whole-wheat flour
  • 1  teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2  large russet potatoes (or 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes)
  • 1  small onion, peeled
  • 1  large egg
  • Applesauce and plain low-fat or
  • Greek yogurt for serving


  1. Turn the oven on to bake and set it to 425 degrees. Lightly oil the baking sheet (or sheets) by spreading the oil around with your clean hand or a paper towel.
  2. Put the flour, baking powder, and salt in the small bowl and mix well.
  3. Use the large holes on your grater to grate the potato, then grate the onion too.
  4. Put the potato and onion mixture in the colander inside the sink. Using a paper towel, press the potato mixture down to squeeze out and blot up some of the extra moisture. Stir the mixture and blot again.
  5. Put the potato mixture in the large bowl, add the egg, and stir well. Add the flour mixture and stir it very well.
  6. Use a spoon or your clean fingers to pluck a clump of the potato mixture from the bowl and spread it into a round, flat nest on the oiled baking sheet: it should make a circle that’s about 3 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick. Repeat to fill the sheet. (You don’t need to leave space between them.)
  7. Bake until the bottoms are deeply golden, 15 to 20 minutes, then turn the pancakes over and bake for 10 more minutes. Serve the latkes with applesauce and yogurt.