Often served as a side dish with holiday meals, the Jewish potato latke (something of a pancake) is usually made from grated potatoes mixed with eggs, onions, matzo meal, and seasonings and then fried. Ideally, latkes should be somewhat thick, golden, very crisp on the outside, and very creamy in the center. Figuring out how to make these ideal latkes meant finding the best potato, the best grating method, and the best frying technique. Matzo meal is a traditional binder, though we found that the pancakes' texture does not suffer without it. Applesauce and sour cream are classic accompaniments for potato latkes.