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Ashkenazi Potato Latkes

These delicious potato pancakes are a highlight of Hanukkah get-togethers. 

Ingredients (makes 25 pancakes)
  • 5 potatoes, grated coarsely

  • 2 onions, grated finely

  • 1 carrot, grated coarsely (optional)

  • 3 eggs

  • 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Pinch of grated nutmeg

  • Oil for frying

Thoroughly squeeze the grated potatoes, onions and carrots and mix. Add the eggs, breadcrumbs and spices and mix again.


Heat the oil in a frying pan. Heap spoonfuls of the mix into the pan and pat them down to form pancakes. Fry for 2 minutes, turn over and fry for another minute until golden. Drain on paper towel and serve hot.

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photo: Eilon Paz ("The Book of New Israeli Food")

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