The Classic Latke



1 pound russet potatoes, peeled
1 tsp kosher salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup flour or matzah meal
1 cup vegetable/canola oil


  1. Using a food processor or mandoline, shred the potatoes. Toss them with the salt and transfer to a cheesecloth. Use your hands to squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg then add the shredded potatoes. Stir to coat evenly and then mix in the flour.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil over medium-high heat, until shimmering. Use an ice cream scoop (and pack the mixture in firmly) to add portions of the mixture to the oil, spacing them out so as not to crowd the pan. Press the scoops down with a spatula to get 1/2-inch-thick patties.
  4. Fry until golden brown on both sides, for 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a wire rack or paper towel and sprinkle with salt. Repeat with remaining mixture, adding more oil to the pan as needed.