Classic Potato Pancakes (Latkes)

Classic Potato Pancakes (Latkes)
Photo by Scott Phillips


  • 1 large egg
  • About ¾ cup corn oil
  • 2-½ tsp. kosher salt; more to taste
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Sour cream and applesauce, for serving (optional)
  • + 2 more ingredients
    • 1 medium yellow onion, diced (about 1-¼ cups)
    • 2-½ lb. russet (Idaho) potatoes (4 medium), peeled, cut in quarters lengthwise, and reserved in cold water

Heat the oven to 250°F. Set a colander in the sink. Grate the potatoes in a food processor fitted with a medium (4 mm) grating disc. Transfer them to the colander and sprinkle with 2 tsp. of the salt. Toss and let drain for 10 minutes, tossing occasionally. Meanwhile, replace the processor’s gr...

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