Shredded potatoes come together to make a beautiful latke perfect for the start of Hanukkah or as a simple breakfast or side dish. Latkes just need a few simple ingredients and a few minutes to make!
What are Latkes?
Latkes are thick rounded hashbrown patties that contain:
- Shredded potatoes
- Gluten free breadcrumbs
Latkes have rich European origins as an inexpensive food. They became more known as a Hanukkah treat.
Latkes are typically fried in oil, which is symbolic during Hanukkah as oil symbolizes the miracle of the season. When oil meant for only one day was able to miraculously burn for eight days. The holiday became known as Hanukkah. Latkes are often consumed during the holiday.
Traditionally, latkes are topped with sour cream and applesauce. Some like just applesauce while others like only sour cream. Some like both. Nowadays, latkes can be topped with just about anything or are served as a side dish.
Gluten Free Potato Latkes
- 2 lbs russet potatoes (approximately 4 potatoes)
- ½ yellow onion diced
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp gluten free breadcrumbs
- Salt and pepper (approximately ½ tsp each)
- Canola oil, for frying
- Rinse the potatoes, then cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. Shred in the food processor or with a handheld grater.
- Cut and dice the onion into small bite diced pieces.
- Place the hashbrowns into a cheesecloth, then squeeze out the potatoes to remove the liquid. DO NOT dump out the potato juice, you will use some of it later!
- In a bowl, mix together the hashbrowns, onion, eggs and gluten free breadcrumbs. Remove the liquid from the potato juice and scoop out the potato starch (the white stuff left at the bottom of the bowl). Mix the potato starch at the bottom of the bowl into the hashbrown mixture.
- Heat your skillet to medium low heat. When the skillet is fully heated, add your oil. You'll want a thin layer of oil at the bottom of the pan.
- Scoop ¼ cup of hashbrown into your hand, then form into a pattie, squeezing out any extra liquid with your hands. Place the patties into the hot oil and cook for about five minutes on each side, or until each side is golden brown and cooked through.
- Remove patties from stove and place on paper towels for a couple minutes. While still warm, serve the patties topped with sour cream (can substitute dairy free), and/or applesauce.
- Breadcrumbs: You can use regular or gluten free breadcrumbs
- Sour cream: Use regular or dairy free sour cream.
- Applesauce: Feel free to use homemade or storebought applesauce.