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The Best Latkes Recipe for Hanukkah

November 28, 2021

Happy Hanukkah! Wishing you good health, joy and peace during this Festival of Lights. And, what better way to celebrate than over a delicious plate of Latkes. Here is one of the best latke recipes from the cookbook Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food, by local food photographer, Aaron Rezny. Aaron runs a thriving commercial photography business at his expansive Hudson Valley Studio, in Kingston, NY. We’re thrilled to share this recipe, courtesy of Aaron, from New York’s one and only 2nd Ave Deli!

2nd Ave Deli, Latke Recipe

These crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside latkes are one of our favorite recipes from the packed cookbook. The recipe comes directly from New York’s famed 2nd Ave Deli and is best enjoyed in the light of a menorah, surrounded by family.

Makes: 20 latkes


  • 2 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 large onions (use 1 1/2 grated; don’t tamp down)
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups matzo meal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup corn oil
  • 1/2 cup corn oil for frying
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • applesauce
  • sour cream


  1. In a food processor, fine-grate potatoes (don’t liquefy; leave some texture), and strain to eliminate excess liquid. Don’t overdo it; just let the water drain out.
  2. Fine-grate onion, and mix in a large bowl with potatoes. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can grind the potatoes and onions in a meat grinder.)
  3. Add eggs, baking powder, 3/4 cup of corn oil (most of it cooks out), flour, salt, and pepper; mix well. Fold in matzo meal, making sure that everything is very well blended.
  4. Heat ½ cup corn oil in a deep skillet. Spoon batter (use a large kitchen spoon) into the pan to create pancakes about 3½ inches in diameter.
  5. Fry on low heat for 3 to 4 minutes until the underside is a deep golden brown, turn, and fry another minute or two.
  6. Drain on a paper towel.
  7. Serve with applesauce and/or sour cream.

For more mouth-watering, delicious recipes Get your copy of Eating Delancy:   HERE

Authors Aaron Rezny and Jordan Schaps shared their thoughts on some classic Lower East Side Jewish eateries with us. “Eating Delancey” blends recipes with stories of the eateries and memories of eating in them in a clever way, and any fans of NYC history, Jewish cuisine, and culture or food, in general, will find it fascinating. Oh, and the late Joan Rivers wrote the introduction.

“Jewish food makes Italian food seem like Lean Cuisine.” —Joan Rivers


Looking to hire a fabulous still life/food photographer? Look no further:

Aaron Rezny Photography
76 Prince St
Kingston, NY 12401
[email protected]

Gallery open to visitors by appointment.
Fine art prints and stock images available upon request

Aaron Rezny Photography

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