Food Best Potato Pancake Latke Recipe

Published on November 12th, 2013 | by GreatGets


The Best Hanukkah Latke, Ever!

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Over 22 years ago, when my oldest son was enrolled in pre-school at what we used to call the “Green School” (not because its mission was to be eco-friendly but rather because all of the buildings were painted green) I met my dear friend Hanna.  Over the years Hanna has taught me so much about celebrating life but probably the most concrete legacy she has left the Gets is her fabulous Hanukkah potato pancake recipe.  No matter where we are or what we are doing, the family is never too busy to gather for a night of candle lighting, dreidel playing, and latke eating.

This truly is the easiest latke recipe ever.  Please, please do not be turned off by the fact that it calls for using the Manishewitz potato pancake mix as a base.  By adding fresh shredded potatoes and freshly grated onion, these latkes taste and look better than any “homemade” recipe we have ever tried.

Hanukkah Latkes Recipe


  • 1 box potato pancake mix (Manischewitz)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 shredded potatoes
  • 1/2 grated onion
  • 1 1/4 cups cold water
  • 1/8″ vegetable oil in large skillet
  • salt & pepper


  1. Follow the directions on the box EXCEPT
  2. Be sure to use 1 cup less water than specified on the package
  3. Add 4 shredded potatoes (food processor)
  4. Add a little (1/4 cup) grated onion
  5. Add salt & pepper to taste
  6. In a bowl, mix the potato pancakes mix, eggs and water. Let stand for 2 minutes.
  7. Now add the fresh ingredients
  8. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.
  9. Drop the potato pancakes batter into the frying pan using a large spoon. Make sure the potato pancakes are not touching each other.
  10. Cook the potato pancakes on one side for 3 minutes (or until golden brown), then carefully flip with the spatula and cook on the other side for 3 minutes (or until golden brown).  Note: The first few batches usually take a little longer to cook so don’t be too much of a clock watcher.
  11. Remove the potato pancakes from the frying pan and serve immediately or keep warm in the oven.

We use an electric skillet to fry the latkes so they come out perfect every time!

Makes approximately 40 latkes

Serve with applesauce and sour cream (unless you are serving an otherwise pareve meal)

For the main course we highly recommend serving either a brisket or other braised meat.  Never quite mastered the art of braising?  You should definitely check out this great Craftys online cooking class : Secrets of Slow Cooking: Mastering the Braise. Craftsy is currently offering currently 25% off classes during November:

On the other hand, for some odd, inexplicable reason, Matt has his mind set on pizza this Chanukah.  Yes, pizza – you read that correctly.  Personally, I don’t get it but while I was wondering around the Craftsy site, I couldn’t help but notice they are offering a Free Pizza Making Class, I might just go ahead and register for it and then for Matt’s Hanukkah present this year, add a home cooked pizza to our Hanukkah table, just to make him smile!

I also want to encourage all of you to submit your own recipes to the Craftsy Recipe Sharing Contest.  The best recipes will be selected by Craftsy to be featured on, and the recipe-winners will win a free Craftsy food class.  

Submit your recipe to Craftsy here: Craftsy Recipe Sharing Submission Page

 Happy Hanukkah!

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The Best Hanukkah Latke, Ever! GreatGets

Summary: Looking for an easy to make, delicious potato pancake recipe for Chanukah? Look no further. Pair with a perfectly prepared braised brisket. Enjoy!


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