This is from one of my family’s go-to cookbooks, Jerusalem: A Cookbook. It doesn’t have to be a Jewish holiday to make a Jerusalem-inspired dish, but today it is: the first day of Hanukkah. My 4-year-old nephew was a great help with counting the cups of grated potato and providing some company and entertainment during the process!

Makes 12 latkes, serves 4


5 1/2 cups peeled and grated fairly waxy potatoes such as Yukon Gold
2 3/4 cups peeled and grated parsnips
2/3 cup scallions (the recipe calls for chives, but we used scallions. I think either would work well and be delicious!), finely chopped
4 egg whites
2 TBSP cornstarch
5 TBSP unsalted butter
6 1/2 TBSP sunflower oil (we used avocado oil)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Sour cream, to serve (we also made homemade applesauce; see the recipe here. If eating with applesauce, you may want to omit the chives or scallions).


  1. Rinse the potatoes in a large bowl of cold water. Drain in a colander, squeeze out any excess water, and then spread the potatoes out on a clean kitchen towel to dry completely.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the potatoes, parsnips, chives or scallions, egg whites, cornstarch, 1 tsp. salt and plenty of black pepper.
  3. Heat half the butter and half the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Use your hands to pick out portions of about 2 TBSP of the latke mix, squeeze firmly to remove some of the liquid, and shape into thin patties about 3/8 inch thick and 3 1/4 inches in diameter.
  4. Carefully place as  many latkes as you can comfortably fit in the pan, push them down gently, and level them with the back of a spoon.
  5. Fry over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes on each side The latkes need to be completely brown on the outside.
  6. Remove the fried latkes from the oil, place on paper towels, and keep warm while you cook the rest.
  7. Add the remaining butter and oil as needed.
  8. Serve at once with sour cream (and/or applesauce) on the side.
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