Latkes and Homemade Apple Sauce December 12 2020, 0 Comments


One of my favorite traditions during Hanukkah is making latkes. These delicious potato pancakes symbolize the miracle of Hanukkah because they are fried in oil. There are tons of recipes and variations out there, but this one is my family's go-to.

Prep time: 2 hours
Yield: 10 servings
Serving size: 4 latkes


  • 7 large Idaho potatoes
  • 3 large yellow onions
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Peel and grate the potatoes (use the large holes on your grater).
  2. Chop the onion and mix with the grated potatoes.
  3. Use a sieve or strainer to drain some of the liquid from the potato and onion mixture. 
  4. Mix the egg whites and yokes and then add to the potato, onion mixture. 
  5. Add the flour, salt and pepper to the mixture. 
  6. Heat 1/8 inch oil in a frying pan on the stovetop and then drop large spoon-fulls of the batter into the oil. 
  7. Fry until browned on one side and then flip to fry the other side. 
  8. Once browned and crispy, remove the latkes from the oil, drain the excess oil and set aside to cool off before enjoying.

Nothing pairs better with latkes than apple sauce. I was disappointed when I recently went to my local grocery store and could not find any apple sauce without corn syrup in it. Not to mention, apple sauce usually comes packaged in plastic. So, here is an easy, corn syrup-free and plastic-free recipe:

Prep time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 4oz mason jar


  • 4 large apples
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Peel, core and chop the apples.
  2. Combine the apples, water, sugar and cinnamon into a saucepan.
  3. Cover and cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes or until the apples are soft. 
  4. Place the mixture into a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour into 4oz mason jars and store in the fridge.