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Classic Potato Latkes – Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association

Classic Potato Latkes

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4 medium potatoes
3 tablespoons schmaltz (rendered chicken fat)
3 eggs (slightly beated)
2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil
Sour cream


Peel and finely shred potatoes.  In a mixing bowl combine potatoes with chicken fat, eggs, garlic, and salt.  Using 1/3 cup mixture for each latke, press mixture into patties about the size of the palm of your hand, squeezing out excess liquid.
In a large skillet, heat cooking oil over medium high heat. Carefully slide patties into hot fat.  Cook over medium high heat about 2 minutes or until latkes are golden brown, turning once.
Repeat with remaining batter. Add additional fat during cooking, as needed.  If necessary, reduce heat to medium to prevent over-browning.  Drain on paper towels, keep warm.  Serve with sour cream, applesauce, or other toppings.

Type of Dish

Side Dishes