Smoked Salmon Latkes

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I think perhaps those who say it’s too expensive to eat properly don’t know about latkes. I don’t understand myself why it requires Hannukah to remind me of their delicious existence once a year.

There are plenty of ways to make a latke – you can mix your grated potatoes with egg or toss them with flour, or both. You could use sweet potatoes and spike them with curry powder.

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But if what you’re after is a simple, crispy-edged potato cake, all you need to do is wash a thin-skinned potato (don’t bother peeling it), grate it onto a paper towel or two, sprinkle with salt, squeeze out as much moisture as you can (this will keep them crisp) and cook flattened spoonfuls in a hot pan, drizzled with oil.

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A dab of butter doesn’t hurt. Who doesn’t love crispy potatoes with butter?

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Flattening them with a fork until you can almost see through them will help them cook through without being gummy on the inside. You’d be amazed how many latkes come out of a single potato.

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And there you go. Latkes to dip in ketchup or serve under eggs, Benny-style, or to dab with sour cream or crème fraîche and a curl of smoked salmon, if you want to get all fancy about it.


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13 comments on “Smoked Salmon Latkes

  1. CathyH
    December 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    My FAVOUTITE!!! A lovley potato pancake and more special with smoked salmon.

    I am drooling! Merry Christmas Julie, from the California Desert………………C

  2. CathyH
    December 19, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    that is FAVOURITE

  3. Janita
    December 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks for reminding me of an old favorite – nice quick breakfast to make for Xmas company.

  4. Samantha
    December 20, 2012 at 5:08 am

    These look grate (yes, pun intended!). Do you think I could make a batch ahead of time then crisp up again on trays in the oven?

    • JulieVR
      December 20, 2012 at 6:09 am

      Hmm.. probably! I don’t see why not!

  5. jake
    December 20, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Hi Julie,

    Nice post. Thnx.

    I made latkes for Sunday lunch – with my stash of garden russets and onions, and apple sauce from my trees (and sour cream). The Joy of Cooking potato pancake is the recipe I use. Grated onion in the them is really tasty.


  6. June
    December 20, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I love the darn things, particularly with my Big Guy’s home smoked salmon. I use my potato ricer to squeeze the moisture out of the grated potatoes. Works like a darn!

  7. Carol S-B
    December 20, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Ohh, yes. Eggs Benny -style? these are lovely. And a real go-to for me when I’m dining alone. I can just keep frying and eating until I’m done! crispy and fresh, a touch of salt and more butter… mmm.
    If I’m not dining alone, these arrive on the table with a bit of applesauce from last fall (warmed in the microwave), and sausages.

  8. Susan
    December 20, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Or serve w/ sour cream and applesauce ice cream as we did this year for Hanukkah this year. It is weird that we don’t eat these super yummy things more throughout the year…

  9. OrGreenic
    December 21, 2012 at 9:15 am

    These smoked salmon latkes look delicious. It seems you can really stretch one potato quite far.

  10. Savannah
    December 27, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Wow, these look divine. Will definitely be attempting these soon. Thank you for the inspiration!

  11. Geri
    December 28, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    No ketchup, please. Love latkes……especially with lox and sour cream ….to die for..and I too forget about them until Hanekkah…I think I’ll make them for my birthday! Oh, yum!

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