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Every Child at Hanukkah Makes Potato Pancakes

Get Out Your Graters for Some Holiday Cooking

Child at HanukkahEvery child at Hanukkah time wants to get in on the holiday action....from making Hanukkah decorations to cooking up special holiday treats.

One of the most traditional foods at this time of year is a fried potato pancake know as latke or leviva in Hebrew.

The recipe is simple enough and your kids can help no matter what their ages. Just provide some adult supervision with the grating and frying, and you're sure to enjoy a wonderful holiday cooking experience....not to mention a tasty treat.

Serve with applesause, powdered sugar, or just plain (my personal favorite)!

Enjoy! Have a very Happy Hanukkah....Chag Hanukkah Sameach!

Potato Latkes

Use your food processor for this modern version of the Hanukkah potato latke.


  • 4 large potatoes, unpeeled (Idaho potatoes are best)

  • 1/2 small onion

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • Oil for frying


  • Process with grating blade.

  • Let grated potatoes stand in a colander about 1/2 hour.

  • Press down to drain better.

  • Process potatoes and onion using slicing blade.

  • Add other ingredients as the batter is being processed.

  • To fry, use a large serving spoon to drop the batter into the hot oil.

  • Fry both sides until edges trun brown.

  • Drain on paper towels.

  • Serve immediately! This recipe can be frozen. To serve: put frozen latkes on a perforated tray or grill over another oven tray to catch excess oil. Bake in a 350 degree oven until they are crisp. Serves 6-8.

    What a great activity for a child at Hanukkah time! Hope you enjoyed it!

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