These pan fried potato latkes are delicious for breakfast or brunch and are a weekend favourite in my house. Fried potatoes seem to have some kind of magic over everyone.
Potato latkes are loved by many cultures and the variations are unlimited. The potatoes can be diced, shredded or grated. This recipe is adapted from my friends mothers' recipe, printed in a little Ukrainian cookbook called The Busy Baba. My mom, of English and Scottish heritage, made potato cakes using leftover mashed potatoes and green onion. These Bubble and Squeak Patties are more like my mom's but they aren't the same as latkes.
For eating latkes there are two camps; those who put sour cream on their latkes and those who prefer applesauce. I'm in the former but in our house it is more likely to be low fat plain yogurt because I always have that in my fridge.
Making Potato Latkes Gluten Free
Potato latkes may or may not contain onion, egg and apple. Most recipes have some type of flour but there are lots of options for a gluten free version. Latkes can be made without any flour at all but chickpea flour, oat flour, potato flour or any rice should be just fine. I want my recipe to be firm enough to also work as an appetizer. A latke you can pick up by hand when topped with smoked salmon and crème fraiche. So for this recipe I used gluten free oats and gluten free corn flakes, two ingredients I keep in my kitchen. When cooked the result is a perfectly crisp latke. But just make the adjustments for what you keep in your kitchen.
If you're interested in experimenting with different flours I might try chickpea flour, oat flour or a gluten free flour mix. I learned a lot writing my year-long blog post series on gluten free flour. There are links to all 12 posts at the bottom of each one. The first is How To Use Rice Flour in Gluten Free Baking.
Kitchen Tip for Latkes
Get The Tools
- a cast iron frying pan,
- the electric griddle you use to make pancakes,
- a good quality non-stick skillet or a high end All-Clad non stick skillet.
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Pan Fried Potato Latkes
- 2 lbs potatoes, peeled
- 1 small onion
- 2 eggs, beaten lightly
- 1 apple, peeled (I use Granny Smith apples)
- ½ cup gluten free oats
- 1 cup gluten free corn flakes, crushed lightly
- salt and pepper to taste
- vegetable oil for frying
- sour cream, plain yogurt or applesauce
- Line a large bowl with a thin dish towel. Shred the potatoes, onion and apple with the fine grating disk of a food processor or by hand. Transfer to the bowl. Pick up the corners of the dish towel and wring the potato mixture as tightly as possible. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Set potato mixture aside.
- Pour off the liquid from the potatoes leaving the starch in the bottom of the bowl. To the starch add the potato mixture, eggs, oats, corn flakes, salt and pepper. Stir until combined.
- In a large frying pan heat a generous amount of oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking.
- Line a baking sheet with paper towel and set aside.
- Add about ¼ cup of potato mixture to the oil and cook latkes about 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.
- Serve hot with sour cream, plain yogurt or applesauce.