Holidays, Recipes

Kiki’s Latkes

Five years ago my friend Kiki shared her family latke recipe with me. I’ve been making them ever since.Potato Latkes_1

Thank you, Kiki. This insanely easy recipe makes the best latkes. It’s now a staple in our family and I’ll be passing it down to my grandkids just as your grandma Olga passed it down to you.

Kiki’s Latkes


  • 10-12 smallish red potatoes, skin on
  • 1 box Manischewitz Potato Pancake Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt
  • Safflower oil

What to do:

  • Following the instructions on the back of the potato pancake mix, prepare the batter in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • Grate the potatoes (it may seem like too much, but “trust me on the amounts,” as Kiki says.)
  • Add potatoes to mixture.
  • Salt liberally. Stir to combine.
  • Let sit 15 minutes.
  • In a heavy skillet on high heat, add about 1/4 inch of safflower oil.
  • Add mixture to hot oil with a tablespoon. I make about 5 at a time.
  • When golden brown, remove from heat and place on paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  • Serve hot with applesauce and/or sour cream. Enjoy!

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Happy Hanukkah everyone! May your holiday be filled with love, light and latkes!

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