Crispy Potato Latkes


Total Time:

25 minutes



There really isn’t a day that goes by without me craving some form of a potato. These days, I’m all about the Crispy Potato Latkes which is fitting as Hanukkah starts today!

Crispy Potato Latke Bar from (@whatsgabycookin)

Can someone confirm that I’m not alone in my potato addiction? It really comes out to shine when it’s cold out because I can’t think of anything I’d enjoy more than roasted potatoes, french fries, baked wedge fries with bacon or latkes! Basically anything that is starchy, crispy and warm. The best!!

Crispy Potato Latke Bar from (@whatsgabycookin)

Latkes are my latest obsession and my box grater has been getting a work-out as I grate potatoes on a daily basis. I topped these with all sorts of delicious combos – but any way you serve it – you can’t go wrong! One quick note – ditch the olive oil when it comes to frying latkes. They cook for a few minutes so you need something with a high smoke point. Vegetable oil or grapeseed oil are my go-to’s.

A few of my favorite topping combos for what to put on a Crispy Potato Latke:

  • Smoked Salmon + Creme Fraiche + Caviar
  • Cream Cheese + This Is Everything 
  • Sliced Cucumber + Fresh Dill + Labneh  
  • Sour Cream + Crispy Bacon + Chives (and yes as someone who is 50% Jewish I realize bacon is not Kosher, but it’s delicious on a latke if you aren’t strictly kosher – just saying – otherwise turkey bacon is a great alternative)
  • Sautéed Apples

Crispy Potato Latkes with a Topping Bar

These Crispy Potato Latkes with a Topping Bar are truly the perfect way to usher in Hanukkah! Or if you're potato obsessed like me, make them anytime during the year!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Jewish
Servings 8 people


  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 ½ lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • Vegetable oil
  • Butter

Assorted Toppings

  • Smoked Salmon + Creme Fraiche + Caviar
  • Cream Cheese + This Is Everything Seasoning
  • Sliced Cucumber + Fresh Dill + Labneh
  • Sour Cream + Crispy Bacon or Turkey Bacon + Chives
  • Sautéed apples with dried cranberries


  • Using a box grater or food processor fitted with grating disc, grate the onion and place in mesh strainer to remove moisture. Grate the potatoes and add to the strainer. Push out any excess moisture and set aside.
  • In large mixing bowl, lightly beat eggs, then whisk in flour. Add the potatoes and onions to egg/flour mixture. Season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Gently mix until just combined.
  • Heat a heavy-bottomed, 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter until hot but not smoking. Drop 1/4-cup portions of potato mixture into pan and flatten with spatula to form 3-inch potato pancakes.
  • Fry until bottoms are golden-brown, 4 to 5 minutes, then turn over and fry until golden-brown and crisp on the other side, an additional 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain and excess oil and season immediately with salt and pepper. Keep warm on baking sheets in oven while cooking the remaining pancakes. Using paper towels, carefully wipe out pan and add 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter and repeat the process until all your potato mixture is fried. Serve with assorted toppings

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  1. Monika

    I LOVE these, and don’t make them often enough! This must change!!!! My mother used to serve them with apple sauce, but I love the savory dips.

  2. Barbara

    Gaby, I love potato Latkes…have my mom’s recipe, but going to try yours with the chives….and your red pepper sauce …to serve with them. Sounds like a good combination. Usually we eat them with sour cream &/or applesauce. Fun to switch it up! Happy Holidays! Thanks for all of your yummy recipes! ❤️

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  4. Monika

    I love potato pancakes, but haven’t managed to make them very well. This sounds so good, I will try them this weekend for sure!

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  6. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Definitely always craving crispy potatoes! I’ll have to try these with that red pepper sauce. Sounds so good!

  7. Monika

    Mmmmm. I love potato pancakes and don’t make them often enough. This looks like an easy winner!

  8. Heather S Christo

    Without a doubt I could eat that entire platters worth of Latkes!!!

  9. Lindsay Cotter

    These look so delicious! Love all the dipping options for these! Very addicting!

  10. claudia davis

    Acccckkkkk. I don’t have chives but I am making these right now using your recipe and not mine (I use baking powder and matzoh meal). Maybe if they look good (I know they will taste good) I can enter in to today’s contest for the Breville!

  11. claudia davis

    Oh and I used russets tonight since that’s what I had on hand. I have Yukon gold in the past and although its probably just me, I think these russets get less mushy when working in batches.

  12. Maria

    hi Gaby, first of all- I am addicted to your blog and your recipes! You rock girl!
    Also- you are not alone in your potato obsession- I can have them every day in many shapes and forms. (btw- my biggest craving during my first pregnancy was french fries , most often from McDonalds…)
    I LOVE potato pancakes and being Polish- we eat them with a sweet spin on them. We top them with plain sour cream and sprinkle generously with regular sugar. You have to try it! Can’t wait to hear what you think!

  13. Katie

    These are happening but can you make a caviar recommendation? It’s something that I’ve never bought and feel intimidated by.

    • Gaby

      my favorite in the whole wide world is from Regalis – easy to order online