Potato Latkes / Potato Pancakes


Potato Pancakes. It’s like pan fried potatoes, but crispy in every single bite. Add sour cream to that, and you’ve just transferred yourself to some kind of potato heaven. It really doesn’t get any better than this. To me, it’s the ultimate comfort food. It’s what my grandma used to make for breakfast. It’s just one of the many many reasons, why I loved my grandma. She was awesome like that. I make these extremely rare, but when I do, I make sure to make a lot and invite some family over to enjoy them together. I mean, with the amount of calories this thing contains, might as well feel guilty as a group. I don’t like to feel guilty alone.

Potato Latkes / Potato Pancakes

Serves: Serves 4 people


  • 4-5 large potatoes, peeled, cut in quarters
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 2-3 tbsp flour
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp ground black pepper


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and grind until it resembles batter with no large chunks of potatoes in there, about 4 minutes.
  2. Heat 2-3 tablespoons of oil in a skillet, add spoonfuls of ‘potato pancake batter’. Brown on each side, covered with a lid.
  3. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve right away, with sour cream & apple sauce.
  4. Finish the rest of the batter, in the above-described manner.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving size: 5-6 pancakes, 3 inches in diameter

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  • Hideko

    Dale Dec 14, 2012 – Been frying our latka’s ouisdte for years. Got a GIANT frying pan to fit on our deep fryer burner. Can do about 18 at a time and no stink in the house!

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    • That’s an awesome idea! Now I just need to find a house with a back yard first))
      Thanks for your comment!

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  • Isabelle

    Do you have to cook the potatoes before you put them in the blender?

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    • Nope, you put them raw. Just quarter them and put in the blender, then process until they’re puree-like. They cook when you fry them on the frying pan.

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  • Stacy

    Thank you for this recipe. I just cooked these tonight. I followed the recipe just as you dictated and I was very happy. I have always loved potato pancakes, but outside of IHOP I have lost track of places to order them. On top of which, every recipe I ever saw indicated grating the potatoes on a box grater and then straining. I was discouraged by these steps and so I was really pleased to see your version. Thanks again.

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  • cindy

    How do you keep the potatoes from turning grey towards the end. I make a triple batch and by the time I get to the last few to cook they are grey. Thank you

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    • I usually make only one batch and so this is not too bad, but I heard a squeeze of lemon juice can help.

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