13 Best Latke Recipes Just Like Bubbe Used To Make

December is a festive month. Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, is not complete without latkes. Why? This traditional Hanukkah dish is fried in oil, symbolizing the miracle of the oil that kept the lamps in the Temple in Jerusalem burning for eight days, when there was only enough for one day. In honor of Hanukkah approaching, we’ve put together a list of 13 delicious (and different!) latke recipes you might have yet to try, so far.

Here are some unique latke recipes to try this holiday season. And for more holiday cooking tips, check out The Best Way to Cook Brisket, According to Chefs.

1

Sweet and savory apple flavored Latkes

latkes with garnish

latkes with garnish

Joseph Paulino, executive chef of Wall Street Grill, shared with us his absolute favorite latke recipe, which calls for shredded celeriac and apples. It’s a sweet and savory combination that’s perfect with applesauce.

Get the recipe for sweet and savory apple-infused latkes.

2

Ex-boyfriend Latkes

Potato latkes

Potato latkes

Every good recipe has a story, and while these latkes are fairly traditional, it’s the story behind them that makes them so unique. Molly, the cook and blogger behind My Name is Yeh, has an ex-boyfriend whose dad made the best latkes she’s ever eaten. After thinking about possible ways she could get this prescription without actually contacting her ex, she decided it was the only choice. So after clumsily searching for his father’s recipe, ex-boyfriend Latkes was born.

Get the recipe from My Name is Yeh.

3

Simple Potato Latkes

Latkes on a table ready to be eaten.

Latkes on a table ready to be eaten.

Salty, crunchy and all around delicious. What’s not to love about latkes? In our recipe, we top ours with both sour cream and applesauce so you get the best of both worlds. This is also the best beginner-friendly version to start with – then you can get creative with the mix-ins and toppings!

Get our recipe for the Best-Ever Potato Latkes.

4

Crispy Potato Latkes With Spiced Pear Compote

crispy potato latkes with spiced pear compote

crispy potato latkes with spiced pear compote

The blogger behind this recipe takes latkes above and beyond the salty, savory goodness you already know and love by simmering a sweetly spiced pear compote for dipping. Yes, apples have had their due – it’s time for another fruit to take its place, and pears are just the fruit to do it.

Get the recipe from Love and Olive Oil.

5

Garlic & Onion Latkes With Sour Cream

garlic onion latkes with sour cream

garlic onion latkes with sour cream

Look how pretty these latkes are! What really sets these latkes apart from the rest is that homemade garlic and onion sour cream dip. We also like that these latkes are not flattened, but instead made more compact. We just want to eat it like this!

Get the recipe from My name is Jeh.

6

Spiced Cheddar Latkes

Spiced Cheddar Latkes

Spiced Cheddar Latkes

Oregano, sage, thyme and sharp cheddar all in a latke? Yes please! We also love how this blogger swaps sour cream for Greek yogurt for a rich and creamy taste.

Get the recipe from Half-Baked Harvest.

7

Zucchini & Sweet Potato Latkes

zucchini and sweet potato latkes

zucchini and sweet potato latkes

Sweet potatoes inherently have more flavor than a regular brown potato, meaning this latke has a sweeter taste than other traditional latke recipes. Another differentiator in this latke recipe is the inclusion of shredded zucchini.

Get the recipe from I Breathe I’m Hungry.

8

Seasoned Potato & Carrot Latkes

spiced potato and carrot latkes

spiced potato and carrot latkes

This blogger uses za’atar in her latke recipe, a Middle Eastern spice blend, plus other spices like cumin, black pepper, and fresh parsley. This recipe also includes a little bit of carrots in the mix so you get veggies with your potatoes.

Get the recipe from Foxes Love Lemons.

9

Potato Leek Pancakes With Red Onion Apple Compote

potato leek pancakes with red onions apple compote

potato leek pancakes with red onions apple compote

These potato latkes also contain leeks, a very unique ingredient, but this compote is perhaps the most impressive aspect of this latke recipe. Chopped Granny Smith apple, red onions and a splash of brandy? We absolutely can’t wait to give this recipe a try this Hanukkah!

Get the recipe from Love and Olive Oil.

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10

Everything Latkes With Smoked Salmon

everything late

everything late

Lox and latkes anyone? Impress your guests with these mini all-season latkes topped with smoked salmon and cream cheese, and garnished with freshly snipped chives.

Get the recipe from Zen Belly.

11

Healthy Baked Latkes

healthy baked latkes

healthy baked latkes

Attention gluten-free and vegan readers and eaters: this is the latke recipe for you! This blogger swaps the flour for a mix of rolled oats and oatmeal, butter for coconut oil, and chicken eggs for flaxseed eggs. Who says a dietary restriction means you can’t enjoy this festive food?

Get the recipe from The Healthy Maven.

12

Sweet Potato Latkes

sweet potato latte

sweet potato latte

So technically this blogger calls this dish a sweet potato fritter, but it’s essentially a latke recipe. We also love how she tops the potato pancake with garlic greens and pesto. Yum!

Get the recipe from To Her Core.

13

Chipotle Cheddar Latkes

chipotle cheddar potato latkes

chipotle cheddar potato latkes

If you like spicy potato dishes, you might fall head over heels for this chipotle cheddar latke recipe. Only prepare these latkes if you and your guests can handle the heat, though, as this recipe calls for chipotle chiles adobo sauce, chili powder, and red pepper flakes.

Get the recipe from Half-Baked Harvest.

Now it’s time to cook and eat some of these great latke recipes! Whether you’re a latke pro or a novice to this festive dish, there’s sure to be a recipe here that’s perfect for what you need this Hanukkah season.

An earlier version of this story was published on November 26, 2019. It has since been updated to include additional copy and proofreading revisions, corrections of irrelevant or broken links, and removal of obsolete content.

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