Latkes (Happy Hanukkah!)

Mhmmm, latkes! I had never made these myself before, but man am I glad I did. They are so simple to make! I bet you even have most, if not all, of these ingredients in your kitchen right now.

We as Americans often associate latkes with Hanukkah, but they can be found all over Eastern Europe year-round. Potatoes are inexpensive and last a long time, so they made for popular a ingredient among peasants. Because of the story of Hanukkah, Jews today celebrate the holiday by eating food fried in oil, to honor the oil that burned for eights days.

Who knew? (You, probably.) I will happily honor fried food any day of the year. 

What does your family eat on Hanukkah? Do you bring any vegan dishes to the table? I want to know everything. Tell me in the comments!


2 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated
1 yellow onion, diced
1/4 cup flour (if gluten free, sub 1/4 cup potato starch)
1 tsp. baking powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
Vegan sour cream or applesauce, for serving*
*I actually served with Kite Hillโ€™s Greek Style Yogurt and it was perfect!

  1. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Using your hands, mix together the potatoes, onion, flour or potato starch, baking powder, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl until well combined. Form the mixture into patties about 3 inches in diameter.
  3. Add the patties a few at a time to the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes on each side. (Try not to move them around, and instead let them fry/form into a solid pancake. The more you touch these once in the oil, the more likely they are to fall apart!)
  4. Transfer to a paper towel for a few minutes in order to absorb any excess oil.
  5. Serve hot with vegan sour cream or applesauce and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from PETA.