Beet Latkes

beet latkes
Photo: Julia Gartland
Prep Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
55 mins

Don't let potatoes have all the pancake fun. Try supplementing the spuds with shredded beets—they impart an earthy flavor and a stunning crimson hue.


  • cup potato starch

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pound russet potatoes (about 2)

  • 1 medium onion (8 ounces)

  • 1 pound peeled beets (about 2 large or 4 small)

  • 2 large eggs, lightly whisked

  • Safflower oil, for frying

  • Flaky salt, creme fraiche, smoked trout, and minced fresh chives for serving


  1. In a small bowl, stir together potato starch, baking powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; set aside. Peel potatoes; place in a bowl of cold water. On the large holes of a box grater, grate potatoes, onion, and beets. Transfer to a fine sieve lined with cheesecloth and set over a large bowl.

  2. Gather mixture in cheesecloth and squeeze moisture out into bowl. Let stand until a white paste settles to bottom of bowl, about 2 minutes. Remove sieve; pour liquid out of bowl and discard, leaving behind white paste.

  3. Add potato mixture to bowl and sprinkle with baking-powder mixture; toss to coat. Add eggs; stir to combine.

  4. Heat 1/4 inch oil in a large, heavy skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high until hot but not smoking. (Test with a shred of potato; if it sizzles immediately, it's ready). Reduce heat to medium. Working in batches to avoid crowding, scoop a scant 1/4 cup of potato mixture into oil; flatten with a spatula to 1/4 inch thick. Fry, turning once, until golden brown and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Using a slotted spatula, transfer to paper towels set over a baking sheet. Sprinkle with flaky salt. Repeat, stirring potato mixture between batches, and adjusting heat as needed while frying. Serve immediately, topped with creme fraiche, trout, chives, and pepper.

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