Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins
Food writer Adam Rapoport fried these latkes in a combination of vegetable oil and schmaltz (rendered chicken fat), a tactic that apparently gave him the edge over the competition in the James Beard Foundation's Fourth Annual Latke Cook-Off. He won both the People's Choice and the Amateur awards. This recipe has two things going for it, shared by most really good recipes: it's tried and true, and it came from someone's mother, in this case, Rapoport's mom, Maxine.
- 5 large russet potatoes
- 2 medium onions
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 4 tablespoons toasted breadcrumbs
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 dash pepper
- schmaltz or vegetable oil (for frying)
- Grate the potatoes and onions by hand, using the large holes of a box grater.
- Place the grated potatoes and onions in a dish towel and wring out the excess liquid.
- Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the eggs, bread crumbs, salt, baking powder, and pepper.
- Stir in the potatoes and onions and mix well.
- Heat schmaltz and/or vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Drop the mixture by spoonfuls into the pan.
- Flatten latkes slightly while cooking, and turn only once.
- Remove from the pan when latkes are crisp and golden.
- Serve hot with apple sauce or sour cream.