Potato pancakes, also called latkes, are a traditional Hanukkah treat. For sweetness and color, this version adds carrots.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and prepare a baking sheet.

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  • Peel potatoes and coarsely grate into a colander. Mix in lemon juice and drain for 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, stir together the carrots and egg. Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper.

  • In a large (at least 10-inch) heavy nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Spoon 1/4 cup of the mixture loosely in the pan so it forms a pancake. Repeat to make 3 more pancakes. Press on each lightly with a flat spatula to make a cake about 1/2 inch wide. Cook until browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Turn the cakes over and brown the other side, about 3 minutes.

  • Transfer to the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pancake mixture, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan with each batch, depending on how much oil is remaining in the pan.

  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes to cook the pancakes through. Drain briefly on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. Serve while hot, with yogurt and/or applesauce.

Cook's Notes

Whereas traditional latkes are deep-fried in oil, these lighter latkes are panfried, then finished in a hot oven until they are crispy. Plain yogurt makes a healthy stand-in for a traditional accompaniment, sour cream.

Reviews (3)

8 Ratings
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Rating: Unrated
01/04/2013
Very yummy, but I do not recommend putting in the oven. It made them soggy. The ones I ate straight from the hot skillet were so good and crunchy. Also, I added a dash of Old Bay seasoning (restaurant here puts them on their fries). Delish!
Rating: Unrated
01/04/2013
Very yummy, but I do not recommend putting in the oven. It made them soggy. The ones I ate straight from the hot skillet were so good and crunchy. Also, I added a dash of Old Bay seasoning (restaurant here puts them on their fries). Delish!
Rating: Unrated
01/04/2013
Very yummy, but I do not recommend putting in the oven. It made them soggy. The ones I ate straight from the hot skillet were so good and crunchy. Also, I added a dash of Old Bay seasoning (restaurant here puts them on their fries). Delish!
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