Only Easy: Latkes!

By Misty I.

I recently made latkes with students as part of a “Real Cooking on Fake Mars” culinary arts integration lesson I created as they studied aspects of The Martian novel. What did they cook? True to Mark Watney’s character….potatoes of course! I settled on latkes and was pleasantly surprised by how easy and delicious they were. If you like crispy hash browns you will LOVE this! I’ve learned that latkes are traditionally served with applesauce or sour cream, but hey what would Mark Watney have used? Duh, ketchup! So ‘ono!


2 russet potatoes, grated
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 T onion, grated
2 T flour
1 ¼ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
3 T. butter, salted
¼ C. oil


  1. Scrub potatoes and peel.
  2. Grate potatoes using a food processor or large side of a box grater.
  3. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  4. Quarter an onion, and grate it as well.
  5. Combine the grated potatoes and onion with the eggs, flour,, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  6. Heat butter and oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.
  7. Place a tablespoon of the mixture into the pan and fry for two minutes. Turn latkes over and fry cook for another two minutes or until golden and crispy.
  8. Drain on paper towel.
  9. Serve with traditional condiments of sour cream and applesauce or Hilo style with ketchup!

Next time I make it I’d add garlic and green onion similar to Molly Yeh’s version here. I just saw her make this version on food network a few weeks ago in honor of Hanukkah.

That’s it, only easy!


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