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Crispy Potato Latkes

Crispy potato pancakes are one of my very favorite Oktoberfest appetizers!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Total 40 minutes
Servings 18 latkes
Calories 102 kcal
Author Michelle


  • 3 pounds russet potatoes about 5 large
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup plain breadcrumbs
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil + more as needed

For Serving:

  • Sour cream
  • Parsley
  • Applesauce


  1. Shred the potatoes and the onion using the large holes on a box grater. Place the shredded potatoes and onion into a large dish towel and tightly squeeze over the sink to extract as much liquid as possible.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, breadcrumbs, salt, baking powder and pepper. Add the shredded mixture and stir to evenly coat.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a 12-inch skillet. The oil will be hot enough when you drop a piece of shredded potato into the pan and it immediately sizzles. Drop large spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan, pressing lightly on the top to flatten them slightly. Cook until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a wire rack placed above a double layer of paper towels.
  4. Repeat with the remaining mixture. If the mixture becomes watery between batches, stir together to incorporate. Additionally, add more oil to the pan as needed to keep a thin layer of oil covering the bottom of the pan.
  5. Serve the latkes warm with sour cream and a sprinkling of fresh parsley, or applesauce.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one latke

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Potato Latkes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 474mg21%
Potassium 378mg11%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 4.8mg6%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.