Sourdough Latkes for Hanukkah

Sourdough Latkes for Hanukkah

It does not take much to get me to make latkes for dinner, and with Hanukkah beginning tonight, I need no more reason than that. Known as the festival of lights, this Jewish holiday commemorates the miracle of the temple lamp’s oil lasting for eight days when there was only enough for one night.

And as with other Jewish festivals, food takes center stage with latkes (potato pancakes), sufganiyot (round jelly doughnuts), challah, and other foods to celebrate the miracle of the Festival of Lights. With eight nights to celebrate this festival, there are opportunities to experiment with sourdough recipes, entertain, and start a new family food tradition or two.

First, let’s take a look at Sourdough Latkes—there is nothing easier to make with your starter’s discard. In fact, this is so easy, you should start heating your oil now.

Sourdough Latkes



Prep Time: 2-5 minutes

Cook Time: 5-6 minutes

  • 4 potatoes, medium size
  • 4 tablespoons of sourdough starter discard
  • optional: 2 eggs
  • Garlic, salt, and black pepper to taste
  1. Grate the potatoes finely.
  2. Mix the potatoes into your sourdough starter discard and if using eggs mix them in also.
  3. Spoon latkes into a frying pan of heated vegetable oil or lard (lard can take greater heat, so there will be less oil absorption if use it at the fat).
  4. Turn after 3–4 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown
  5. Serve hot with your toppings on the side.


Chives, Sour Cream, Applesauce, etc.

Living in Germany for two years, we ate latke’s any time of day. They are great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Tell us in the comment section how you enjoy yours.

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