Thursday, December 29, 2011


As I mentioned before, we celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah in our family.  Tuesday was the 8th night of Hanukkah, so my daughter, Ashley, made us a nice big batch of latkes.  They were so good!

Crispy and wonderful!

Latkes are fried potato pancakes.  They, and other fried foods, are traditionally eaten during Hanukkah to commemorate the miracle of the oil.  Ashley's recipe is delicious and she's allowing me to share it with you.

Ashley's 8th Night Latkes

1 large bag of Ore-Ida's frozen hash browns, thawed in the refrigerator
3 onions, peeled
1 Red Delicious apple, peeled and cored
2 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
8 eggs
Vegetable oil for frying

Crack the 8 eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk them with a fork.  When they are blended, stir in the entire bag of thawed hash browns.

Place the 3 onions and the apple in a food processor and puree them until they are smooth.  Squeeze the excess juice from puree with cheesecloth or a dish towel, then add the mixture to the egg and potatoes.  Add the salt and pepper, then stir well until combined.

Most of the mix had already gone in the
oil by this point, but you get the idea.

Heat about 1-1/2 cups vegetable oil in a deep skillet.  When the oil is hot enough for a bread crumb to fry, drop spoonfuls of the latke mix (about 1/4 cup each) into the hot oil. 

Let each latke fry until it is golden brown on one side, then flip it using a slotted spatula.  When each side is golden brown, remove it from the oil and place on paper towels to drain.

Pile 'o latkes!

Serve with sour cream and/or applesauce, or ketchup if you prefer.  Enjoy!

I'm a ketchup girl myself.

Happy (after) Hanukkah and happy latke-ing!


  1. Aw man, I wish I'd had this recipe earlier. I noticed some hashbrowns in my freezer and thought about making some, to go with Peeper's dreidel and gelt, but then I thought "Nah, it would probably be wrong to use frozen hashbrowns...."

    I also had (then) eggs and apple in the fridge. Not so much anymore :(

  2. These are called Ashley's Eighth Night Latkes. :)
    I'm also interested in trying 2 less eggs and a tablespoon or two of flour.

  3. I have never had latkes before but they look really tasty. I dont know much about Hannukah so it would be good if you could do a post about it X Happy new year, love Anne