Ask A St. Louis Chef: Top Latka Recipes For Hanukkah

November 20, 2013 6:00 AM


Potato latkes are a must for any Hanukkah celebration. When this year’s Festival of Lights rolls around, be prepared to enjoy family recipes handed down from generation to generation. Two local St. Louis-area chefs know how to prepare potato latkes for a celebration and share their recipes. Most anyone who has ever prepared latkes before knows that there is a basic recipe, but pinches of this and scoops of that change depending on the individual family recipes that are handed down from generation to generation.  Each family starts with a basic recipe, like this one, and then adds their own special twist.


  • 2 cups shredded potatoes, first peeled
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon onion, grated
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup frying oil


  1. Extract as much moisture as you can by putting the peeled, shredded potatoes inside a cheese cloth and wring.
  2. Mix together the potatoes, onion, eggs, flour and salt in a bowl.
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet.
  4. Place large spoonfuls of potato mixture into the hot oil.
  5. Press down on the mixture to form 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick patties.
  6. Brown one side, and then flip with a spatula to brown the other.
  7. Drain on a paper towel.
  8. Serve the 10 to 12 hot latkes that the recipe makes.
pumpernickles Ask A St. Louis Chef: Top Latka Recipes For Hanukkah


Chef Corey Schartz
Pumpernickles Delicatessen
11036 Olive Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 567-4496

Pumpernickles Deli has been around for 40 years. For the past 18 months, it has been under new ownership and has never been more popular than it is right now. It is the spot for Kosher-style food and the place to meet and “kibbitz” with people. Chef Corey Schartz has been with Pumpernickles Deli for seven years and has personally tweaked all of the recipes to satisfy even the most meticulous of tastes.  The following recipe is the secret behind the famous Pumpernickles Deli Latkes that locals love.


  • 5 pounds shredded potatoes
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1 cup pancake mix (Bisquick)
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 5 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Extract excess moisture from shredded potatoes.
  2. Mix together the potatoes, onion, eggs, Bisquick, parsley, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet.
  4. Place spoonfuls of potato mixture into the hot oil to form 5- to 6-inch latkes.
  5. Brown one side and then flip to brown the other side.
  6. Serve the 36 latkes the recipe makes.
plushstl Ask A St. Louis Chef: Top Latka Recipes For Hanukkah


Chef David Zimmerman
3224 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 535-2686

Plush offers a fun, vibrant place where artistry in food, music and visual experiences come together. This hot new local restaurant enjoys the mastery tastes of Chef David Zimmerman who has been part of the St. Louis restaurant scene for more than 25 years. The potato latkes he creates are a childhood memory of David’s. He grew up in a Jewish home with an eastern European grandmother who taught him, as a small boy, how to make the latkes by hand. He now makes them every Hanukkah for family and friends and offers them on the event menus at Plush.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 russet potatoes


  1. Mix eggs, garlic, salt, pepper, baking soda and flour.
  2. Grate the onions and potatoes.
  3. Squeeze out the water.
  4. Mix in the egg mixture.
  5. Saute the potato pancakes in corn oil.

Related: Top Ways To Celebrate National Pancake Week In The St. Louis Area

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