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What Are Potato Latkes?
Potato latkes are also known as potato cakes or potato pancakes. They can be made using shredded or mashed potatoes and a variety of other ingredients and spices. Potato latkes are a very traditional dish for my husband and I as we come from Polish and Jewish backgrounds (respectively).
Inspiration From Leftover Broccoli
I love to prepare all kinds of potato side dishes, and latkes hold a special place at the top of that list. I first prepared this version of latkes when I had leftover broccoli. I've usually got broccoli on hand to make these tasty little pancakes, and this recipe has become a lifesaver when we have broccoli that needs to be used.
If you're trying to find a recipe for latkes that's easy and yummy, this is a fantastic one. Even if you make and eat latkes regularly, this is a version you should treat yourself (and your tastebuds) to.
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Ingredients for Latkes
- 10 ounces frozen broccoli
- 3 medium potatoes
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon minced onion
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- Scrub potatoes and cut into eighths. Place in large pot of cold water and bring to boil. Boil 15 to 20 minutes, adding broccoli to pot for remaining five minutes of boiling time. Potatoes should be fork tender. Drain vegetables.
- In mixing bowl: Mash potatoes, broccoli and butter together. Add remaining ingredients. Mix with electric mixer until creamy.
- Heat olive oil in skillet on medium heat. Shape mixture into patties and fry. Flip latkes when sides are golden. Each side takes approximately 3 to 4 minutes.
- Remove latkes with spatula and rest on paper towel-lined baking sheet. Transfer to baking rack.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
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Tips for Making Latkes
- This recipe is so easy when you're working with leftover broccoli and mashed potatoes. It can really reduce your prep time.
- I like to buy frozen broccoli in a 10-ounce bag for this recipe, but if I'm working with leftovers, I'll simply use what I've got. Sometimes this can be more or less.
- Coat your hands with a little oil prior to shaping patties. This will make life easier.
- If you prefer to not use your hands, then drop spoonfuls of batter into your frying pan. Dip a fork in a little oil and use the bottom to gently press and shape your dollop into a patty. Recoat the fork as necessary.
- The paper towels are great at sucking up excess oil. Don't let them rest on the oily paper towels for too long or it defeats the purpose. I like to transfer them to a baking rack and pop them in a warm oven until ready to serve.
- These potato and broccoli latkes taste great just the way they are, but they're super yummy with melted cheddar cheese on top. Sprinkle some shredded cheese on top before popping in a warm oven. They also taste great with sour cream or ranch dressing.
Latkes are so special that my holidays wouldn't be complete without them. If you're looking for new Thanksgiving potato recipes, these latkes will be a hit. I love to make and eat them for all the holidays but also all year round as a dinner side dish. They're too yummy to get tired of.
If you're looking for any recipe for potato cakes or one of the best potato pancakes recipes, this version is so satisfying. I like to eat mine any time and with a yummy dollop of sour cream.
© 2013 Heather
Heather (author) from Arizona on September 21, 2013:
@Sharyn's Slant-- Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I bet your pancakes are great! Let me know if you get a chance to add broccoli next time and what you thought. :)
Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on September 21, 2013:
I make potato pancakes often and do add zucchini at times. But never thought of adding broccoli. I definitely will next time. Really well done hub!
Heather (author) from Arizona on September 20, 2013:
@Patty Inglish, MS-- Thanks! I'm such a perfectionist when photographing my food. It's worth it in the long run, especially when people take notice and leave me awesome comments! Thanks again :)
@Paul Edmondson-- Thanks for stopping by and saying so! You've made my day :)
@TrudyVan-- Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the kind words and blog mention :)
@MPG Narratives-- Thanks for commenting and pinning; I appreciate it! I'm sure your potato cakes are tasty!
Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 20, 2013:
All of your pictures are beautiful!
Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on September 19, 2013:
You make amazing Hubs. Awesome.
TrudyVan Curre from South Africa on September 19, 2013:
That is just awesome. I am so hungry now, I have to go and eat something, Thank you for sharing. Put a post to my blog about your recipe. Kindest TrudyVan
Maria Giunta from Sydney, Australia on September 15, 2013:
This is a great recipe, thanks for sharing it with us. I make potato cakes but I like the idea of adding broccoli to them. Voted up and pinning.
Heather (author) from Arizona on September 15, 2013:
@Crystal Tatum-- Thanks for stopping by and commenting! You're absolutely right-- there are so many yummy recipes here on hubpages. My Chrome bookmarks and pinterest are full of hubs I can't wait to try out. I hope you get a chance to try these out and let me know what you think :)
Thanks, shanmarie! They're quite delicious! I'm glad you stopped by and thanks for commenting :)
Shannon Henry from Texas on September 15, 2013:
Oh my goodness, those sound so yummy!
Crystal Tatum from Georgia on September 14, 2013:
Yum! These look wonderful. I have to start a HubPages recipe file, there are so many wonderful recipes on here. I want to try these for sure. Voted up and sharing.
Heather (author) from Arizona on September 13, 2013:
@epbooks-- Haha! Hope you get a chance to try them out. Thanks for reading and commenting today :)
Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on September 12, 2013:
These look fantastic. I wish I didn't eat dinner already or I'd make them now!
Heather (author) from Arizona on September 12, 2013:
@MsDora-- Thanks for stopping by. My mom has celiac disease and can't do bread/flour/wheat/gluton... all the things I love. I should adapt this into a gluten free recipe for her. I am inspired now-- thank you ;)
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 12, 2013:
Looks truly delicious. I think I can get around the flour and bread crumbs to avoid the wheat. The first picture is so appealing. Thank you for sharing.
Heather (author) from Arizona on September 12, 2013:
@Ceres Schwarz-- Thanks for your kind words! I'm a bit of a perfectionist when photographing my food but it pays off. And I love when people take notice; so thank you :)
@pstraubie48-- Thanks for reading and the kind words as always :)
@randomcreative-- I always love to find out people and I have food loves in common! Thanks for reading and commenting :)
@preweb-- Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)
Ceres Schwarz on September 12, 2013:
Interesting recipe. These potato and broccoli latkes look delicious and tasty. The images of the recipe also look really good.
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on September 11, 2013:
These look so good. And your photos and presentation are superb.
Thanks for sharing. Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 11, 2013:
I love potato latkes, but I've never had them with broccoli! Very inspired. Such an easy way to kick up the health factor in this recipe. Thanks for sharing.
preweb from UK on September 11, 2013:
Very interesting and healthy recipe. Going to try this soon. Thanks for sharing.