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Karen’s Best Latkes

The perfect Latke recipe, crispy on the outside, tender inside. Serve with my homemade pink applesauce.

The perfect Latke recipe,  crispy on the outside,  tender inside. Serve with my homemade applesauce


2 medium russet potatoes

3 medium yukon gold potatoes

1 medium carrot, peeled (½ cup) Can use half grated zucchini.

½ large onion, peeled 

1 small leek, cleaned well, use light greens, slice thinly (½ cup)

2 medium scallions, cleaned, chopped (¼ cup)

3 large eggs, separated

½ cup flour*, (can use a gluten-free all purpose blend)

½ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon pepper (fresh cracked to taste), freshly ground

½ cup neutral oil**



On a cutting board grate carrots and then onion. Blot these vegetables with paper towels until dry.
Add them to a large bowl with and add the leeks and scallions. Add egg yolks, flour, salt and pepper to the bowl, mixing gently with a rubber spatula.
Now heat a cast iron skillet, add 1/2 cup of oil, and set heat to low ( I like to do this early.)
Grate the potatoes over a cutting board. After each one, place the shredded potatoes into a clean tea towel (or paper towels) and ring well over the sink to remove all their moisture. Add each shredded potato to the bowl. Mix all well.


Beat the egg whites until stiff and glossy. Add egg whites into bowl mixing thoroughly but gently. The mixture will be light and meringue-like.


Raise the heat of the skillet to medium-high.
Drop 2 tablespoon mounds into skillet, making 12 pancakes, and cook until nicely golden brown.
Turn latkes over, reduce heat a little and cook until golden on the second side, and cooked through, about 5 minutes.


Remove the latkes to a rimmed baking pan, lined with paper towels.
Repeat the process with remaining latke batter, add a little more oil if needed.


Sprinkle the latkes with sea salt and serve with applesauce, sour cream or greek yogurt on the side.


Try Karen’s Beet Cured Gravlax – a sophisticated topping for Latkes (see recipe.)


*For Passover, use Matzo Meal


See other Latke Recipes:

* for Passover: substitute matzo cake meal for flour.

** with concerns about gmo’s and processing of oils, use a vegetable oil which has not been chemically treated, this is called “expeller pressed.”

This recipe may not be reproduced in any form without the written consent of its author, Karen Sheer.

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