Hanukkah Latkes, 13 Ways

It wouldn’t be a Hanukkah celebration without a plate of golden-fried latkes. From traditional takes to twists on the classic, these are some of our favorite ways to make this beloved, holiday dish.

December 03, 2021

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Crispy and fried until golden on the outside, soft and potato-y on the inside — it’s no wonder latkes are a must-make whenever the holiday season rolls around. All you need is a handful of basic ingredients, a few pro tips for making latkes and a little bit of time and you can whip up a batch of potato pancakes worthy of a spot at your Hanukkah dinner. There are plenty of ways to dress latkes up but we like this idea that calls for a spiced apple-pear sauce and sour cream. Every bite is sweet, savory and salty.

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Beet and Carrot Latkes

These crispy potato latkes get a gorgeous jewel tone from shredded beets and carrots. Perfect for any special, holiday celebration.

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Nigella's Apple Latkes

Nigella takes a sweet route with her potato pancakes: "These are sweet, gorgeous fritters to be eaten straight from the pan and drenched with maple syrup."

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Potato Latkes with Caramelized Onion Sour Cream

Molly gives her latkes a new twist by serving them with a savory, onion dip. She incorporates a subtle of sweetness with caramelized onions (instead of applesauce).

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Brussels Sprout Latkes

For a less-traditional take on potato latkes, Molly adds shredded Brussels sprouts along with the potatoes. The latkes not only taste great, they look beautiful too. The perfect accompaniment? Her simple Balsamic-Dijon dipping sauce.

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Oven-Fried Latkes

Using the oven to make crisp latkes saves a lot of calories and fat -- and hassle! You can cook a large batch quickly in a very hot oven. Egg white takes the place of a whole egg, keeping the cholesterol low.  

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Rachael Ray's Quick Potato and Carrot Latkes

Rachael Ray adds grated carrots to her potato latkes for a hint of sweetness and golden color.

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Crispy Two-Potato Cake

Russet and sweet potatoes collaborate for a fried potato cake unlike any other.

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Crispy Potato Cake

This simple and satisfying take on hash browns makes one giant latke. It's a deliciously indulgent side.

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Sweet Potato Latkes

Add a hit of sweetness to your potato pancakes by combining half shredded sweet potatoes and half Yukon golds. Fans of sweet potato fries will love these! 

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Root Vegetable Latkes

We've spruced up traditional latkes by incorporating a few readily available root vegetables to lend dimension—and color—to the classic recipe. The vegetables can be shredded in a food processor or by hand using a box grater.

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Sweet Potato and Carrot Latkes with Spiced Apple-Cranberry Relish

While the flavor profile of these latkes is a complete departure from a classic potato latke recipe, they fry up just as crispy and lacey as ever. The spiced relish starts with a base of caramelized onions for depth and dimension. We found that the addition of one russet potato in the batter lends just enough potato starch to keep the latkes creamy on the inside without detracting from the sweet flavor of the carrots and sweet potatoes.

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Pan-Fried Giant Latke with Caramelized Apples and Sour Cream

Latkes are a labor of love and eagerly awaited by all during the holidays, but they are often incredibly time consuming as they are fried individually. With this large skillet latke you get all the flavor and crispiness in a fraction of the time.

Get the Recipe: Pan-Fried Giant Latke with Caramelized Apples and Sour Cream