Potato Pancakes

potato pancakes

These potato pancakes serve as the perfect focal point of your Hanukkah feast.


  • 2 medium peeled russet potatoes

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • Sour cream and chives, for serving

  • Applesauce, for serving


  1. Grate potatoes into a large bowl using the large holes on a box grater. Season with a teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper and let stand 10 minutes; stir to blend in any liquid. Heat vegetable oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high. Drop in rounded tablespoons of potatoes and flatten with a spatula. Cook until golden-brown on both sides, about 5 minutes total, then drain on paper towels. Repeat with more oil and remaining potatoes. Serve with sour cream and chives or applesauce alongside.

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