Melissa Clark's Favorite Heirloom Latkes

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins

This recipe is from Melissa Clark's new cookbook, "In the Kitchen With A Good Appetite." Don't make the potato batter ahead (not even grating the potatoes). It's better to fry the latkes ahead and keep them warm in a 200 F oven than to have the batter sit and turn brown while it waits. ave everything measured out before your guests arrive, then grate, mix and fry all at once. Makes 16 to 20 latkes. NOTE: This recipe can easily be doubled, tripled...

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Using a food processor with a coarse grating disc, grate the potatoes and onion. Transfer the mixture to a clean dishtowel and squeeze and wring out as much of the liquid as possible.
  2. Working quickly, transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the four, salt, baking powder, and pepper and mix until the flour is absorbed.
  3. In a medium heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat, pour in about 1/4 inch of the oil. Once the oil is hot (a drop of batter placed in the pan should sizzle), use a heaping tablespoon to drop the batter into the hot pan, cooking 3 to 4 latkes at one time. Use a spatula to flatten and shape the drops into discs. When the edges of the latkes are brown and crispy, about 5 minutes, flip. Cook until the second side is deeply browned, about another 5 minutes. Transfer the latkes to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with the remaining batter.