Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

These crisp potato pancakes come from the Brombergs' grandmother, Martha Finkelstein, who insisted that there is no flavor substitute for schmaltz (rendered chicken fat). Schmaltz is available at kosher delicatessens. MAKE AHEAD: The latkes can be fried early in the day and re-crisped on a baking sheet in a 350° oven. NOTES To make schmaltz, use the large clumps of fat from the neck, body cavity, and from under the skin. In a small, heavy saucepan, cook the fat over low heat until completely melted. Cool, then strain the clear fat into a glass jar and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze. Vanilla Applesauce makes 2 1/2 cups and can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, mix the egg with the flour, salt and white pepper. In a colander, toss the shredded potatoes with the onion and apple and squeeze dry. Add to the bowl and stir to combine. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1/2 cup of canola oil with 2 tablespoons of the schmaltz until shimmering. Spoon heaping tablespoons of the latke mixture into the oil about 2 inches apart and flatten slightly with a fork. Fry the latkes over moderately high heat until golden on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Lower the heat to moderate, turn the latkes and fry until golden and crisp, about 2 minutes longer. Drain the latkes on paper towels set on a rack and transfer to a platter. Repeat with the remaining latke mixture, adding more oil and schmaltz to the skillet as needed. Serve hot with Vanilla Applesauce and sour cream.
  3. Vanilla Applesauce: Peel, core and quarter the apples. In a medium saucepan, combine the apples, water, vanilla and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender, about 15 minutes. Let cool, then remove the vanilla bean and whisk until a chunky sauce forms.
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My kids adored these delicious potato latkes and their sauce. We had a lot of fun making this recipe together and it is simply delicious! UPDATE: forgot to mention that my kids wanted their applesauce sweet, and I ended up having to add 1/3 cup of sugar to bring it up to a nice, not excessively, sweet level. I liked the applesauce unsweetened though, too.

evelyn/athens July 12, 2006

WOW: just loved these! The latkes and the apple sauce were totally delicious! I’d never made schmaltz before but the instructions were so easy to follow. And I just loved the apple with the potatoes in the latkes. I didn’t change a single thing in making these, and I’m generally a great fiddler with ingredients! These were devoured enthusiastically at a family dinner and from the comments made, I’m clearly destined to make them again – often. Thank you for another great recipe!

bluemoon downunder January 25, 2006