Latkes & Cranberry Orange Sauce

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday, happy first night of Hanukkah and happy Thanksgiving! So much happiness :) This year’s early arrival of Hanukkah just so happens to coincide with {American} Thanksgiving… creating Thanksgivukkah — aka the ultimate food holiday.

I aim to eat real, whole, unprocessed foods the majority of the time because that makes me feel my best. But I am not a perfectionist and so, in the spirit of Hanukkah, hello gluten-filled latkes.


With the holiday season upon us, more indulgent food is seemingly everywhere we look. Of course most of you are thinking about stuffing, turkey and pumpkin pie but we can’t forget about latkes.

If you’ve never had a latke before (oh my gosh, come over now!) it is best described as a fried potato pancake. Latkes are a traditional Hanukkah food as the oil used in the cooking symbolizes the teeny bit of oil that miraculously burned for eight nights in the ancient temple… yup throwing a little learning in here. Anyways, the oil back in the day may have been a teeny amount but for these bad boys you’re gonna need a whole lot of EVOO. Latkes are typically served with apple sauce or sour cream (or yogurt) but in honor of Thanksgivukkah it was only fitting to whip up a festive topping for these potato pancakes.


I got some, okay a lot, of recipe help from Mom on this one (she is the latke pro) so you have her to thank for this deliciousness.

Potato Latkes

Ingredients (Makes approx. 24 latkes)

  • 4 medium potatoes (I used yukon gold)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • lots of olive oil, for frying


1. Peel the potatoes and cut into chunks.

2. Peel the onion and cut into chunks as well.

3. Add the potatoes and onion to the food processor and pulse until pureed.

4. Transfer onion and potato mixture to a medium bowl and add eggs, flour, baking powder, salt and pepper; mix until combined.

5. Heat a large skillet coated in approx. 2 tbsp. of olive oil over medium-high heat – you need to use enough oil in order to prevent the latkes from burning, make sure the entire bottom of the skillet is covered.

6. When the oil is hot, drop latke mixture by the spoonful, forming 6 pancakes.

7. Brown well on both sides (about 2 minutes per side).

8. Drain well on paper towels and continue the cooking process for the remainder of the mixture.

9. Serve with apple sauce, sour cream (or yogurt) and cranberry orange sauce — see below.

Notes: Store in an sealed container in the fridge for 3-5 days. Or you can freeze, also in a sealed container. To re-heat: Place latkes on a foil-lined cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees F for 7-10 minutes until crisp and hot. 



Cranberry Orange Sauce


  • 2 cups frozen cranberries
  • 1 seedless orange
  • 1/4 cup honey


1. Cut both ends off of the orange and cut into four pieces (leave the skin on).

2. Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until combined but still chunky.

3. Refrigerate overnight in an airtight container (glass is best) before serving.

4. Serve with potato latkes.



I hope you have a very happy Hannukah, Thanksgiving or Wednesday/Thursday :) I am embracing tomorrow’s holiday, watching some football and taking the day off from blogging so I’ll speak to you on Friday!


P.S. If you do want a sweet potato latke recipe, check out Lexi’s here. They look delicious!

P.P.S. I’ll get back to What I Ate Wednesday next week :)


Questions of the day…

How are you celebrating Hanukkah or Thanksgiving or what are you up to today?! 


58 thoughts on “Latkes & Cranberry Orange Sauce

  1. Mmm latkes. My mom used to make them for me all the time when I was growing up, but it’s been YEARS since I’ve had any — and talk about sparking a craving! I would always eat mine with a sweetened sour cream dip. Gah! Want… like… now. Can I come over to your place for dinner? :D

  2. Yum these look delicious!! And they really don’t look unhealthy, even with the white potato as opposed to sweet potato it is still a vegetable I say!

    Not celebrating thanksgiving or hanukkah here. Today I went and saw Catching Fire and absolutely loved it!!

  3. I’ve never had a latke before sooo….guess I’ll be over in an hour or so? They look so delicious and would totally satisfy my current sweet tooth I’m sure–I’ve been into pancakes recently though I’m still perfecting the shape of them. Soon soon!

  4. Mmmmm that looks yummy! Have never tried potato pancakes, but they shall go on the list to try. Great carb to sustain runs….or refueling after! Thanks for sharing :) Have a wonderful Thanksgivukkah!

  5. I need to try these latkes, I know I’d love them! Would be tempted to try making them with sweet potato for an experiment, or is that a big latke-no-no?!

  6. I have been busy making my latkes as well! I baked my first round and will bake and fry a few more rounds today – trying to avoid the oil smell lol. I also topped mine with cranberry apple butter to be in the spirit of both holidays! Happy Thanksgivakkuh!

    1. I love the name of your blog! So cute and creative. I’ve come to realize no matter how many candles I light the oil smell is inevitable! haha Happy Thanksgivukkah to you too :)

  7. YUM!!! Can you believe I’ve never made a latke before? It’s so sad and I obviously need to change this ASAP. I found a recipe in my newspaper on Sunday for apple latkes that caught my interest! I think I’m going to have to give those a try.

  8. I don’t like white potatoes but I love latkes. One of my best friends growing up was Jewish and my mom and I would usually celebrate a night of Hanukkah with them, and they would come to our Christmas. These were always my favorite. Always served with sour cream! I may have to try making these. I’m sure my southern boyfriend has probably never tried them.

  9. Ive never had latkes before! They sound delicious though. I made some cranberry sauce too and I’m crossing my fingers for leftovers so I can put it on EVERYTHING I eat for the rest of the week haha

  10. Kartoffelpuffer! Haha, sorry, I just had a bout of childhood reminiscence and had to thrown in the German name for these :). We usually ate them with my mum’s homemade chunky applesauce but your cranberry sauce sounds awesome, too – especially with the added honey.

  11. I need to try this cranberry-orange sauce soon! I would love to top them with my vegan stuffing! We didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving yesterday, but we will be hosting a small casual dinner today ;) a belated Thanksgiving feast!

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