No matter where in the world you are, you can always find a good potato pancake. For our American purposes, latkes in this case refer to pan-fried potato, often grated or ground) with flour and egg. The seasonings can run the gamut from sweet to savory, but the basic idea is the same internationally: latkes are the best things on the planet. They're easy to make, require inexpensive ingredients, and can be made in big batches, making them the perfect food for gatherings.
In Britain, potato pancakes are simply potato pancakes. In Eastern Europe, they're enjoyed either saltily or sugary with applesauce and blueberries on the side. In Ireland, they're known as boxty and use baking soda and buttermilk. In Sweden, they're called rårakor while in the Czech Republic, they're known as bramborák. In Iran, you'll find potato pancakes under the name kuku sib-zamini, and in Hebrew and Jewish traditions, they're known as latkes and they're best enjoyed during Hanukkah.
Whether you're Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, or Martian, you should probably start making latkes on the regular because they're filling and to be honest, there's nothing better than a potato fried. Here are 22 latkes recipes for you to try on for size.
1. Spinach and Garlic Potato Pancakes
This iteration on the classic potato pancake features something rarely found: greenery. If you're feeling guilty about all the frying, these spinach-laden beauts are the best choice for you.
Find the recipe from Diethood here.
2. Israeli Latkes with Tahini
If you've never tasted tahini, your world is about to change. These latkes utilize traditional seasonings like coriander and cumin for a smoky flavor. It's also kosher!
Find the recipe from The Joy of Kosher here.
3. Celery-Root Parsnip Latkes
This traditional, vegetable-filled latkes might make you feel a smidge better about the frying factor and they're just as delicious to boot.
Find the recipe from NYT Cooking here.
4. Adam and Maxine's Famous Latkes
This crisp and starchy latkes utilize russet potatoes for the ultimate crunch.
Find the recipe from Bon Appetit here.
5. Potato and Cheese Latkes
The addition of cheddar and jack cheeses in these latkes make them oh so worth it.
Find the recipe from the Creole Contessa here.
6. Butternut Squash Latkes
These bright orange latkes make the most of seasonal flavors with butternut squash.
Find the recipe from Eating Richly here.
7. Harissa Sweet Potato Latkes with Spiced Yogurt, Mint, and Pomegranate
This gluten-free latke recipe is so colorful, it's almost too pretty to eat.
Find the recipe from The Bojon Gourmet here.
8. Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes
These potato pancakes are the perfect way to get rid of those leftover mashed potatoes that have turned kind of unappealing in the refrigerator.
Find the recipe from Just A Taste here.
9. S'mores Latkes
Who said you can't have dessert latkes? This recipe uses what is essentially a fried graham cracker crust and you just can't top that.
Find the recipe from What Jew Wanna Eat here.
10. Ham and Cheese Potato Pancakes
These little nuggets of classic American lunches look so delicious, I'm making them for dinner tonight.
Find the recipe from Buns in My Oven here.
11. Apple and Cheese Stuffed Latkes
These delicious latkes play up both the sweet and savory variations of potato pancakes around the world with one seamless, delicious result.
Find the recipe from The Kitchn here.
12. Cilantro Jalapeño Latkes
These spicy latkes have one surprising component: chipotle sour cream. The lime juice in the sour cream breaks through the richness of the latke, making for a perfect bite.
Find the recipe from Leites Culinaria here.
13. Smoked Salmon Latkes with Lemon and Caper Sour Cream
These little golden latkes are filled with salmon and there is no flavor more suitable for potato pancakes than that.
Find the recipe from Rachel Phipps here.
14. Sweet Onion Latkes with Chive Sour Cream
The chive sour cream perfectly offsets the richness of the sweet onion latkes and to be honest, I want to eat it with a spoon.
Find the recipe from The View from Great Island here.
15. Brussels Sprouts Latkes
Turn the perennial iffy side dish at holiday gatherings into a latke because everything tastes better when it's fried.
Find the recipe from the Austin Chronicle here.
16. Brisket-Topped Latkes
Why eat a plain latke when you can eat one with brisket piled on top? This is my new favorite brisket vehicle.
Find the recipe from The Nosher here.
17. Feta and Zucchini Fritters with Garlic Yogurt Sauce
So they're called fritters, but they just sub in zucchini for the potatoes, so they're basically half-latkes. Can you deny yourself garlic yogurt sauce?
Find the recipe from Vikalinka here.
18. Sweet Potato Latkes with Brown Sugar Syrup and Candied Pecans
This recipe takes latkes to the next level with that brown sugar syrup that pairs perfectly with the sweet potato base.
Find the recipe from Tori Avey here.
19. Hatch Chile Latkes with Hatch Guacamole
This Southwestern take on the latke uses russet potatoes and matzo meal for a traditional kick and hatch chilis for a surprising twist.
Find the recipe from Little Ferraro Kitchen here.
20. Cheesy Cauliflower Latkes
Cauliflower was one of the trendiest and most versatile foods of 2016, and they fit the model of the latke extremely well.
Find the recipe from Cooking Light here.
21. Kuku Sib-Zamini
Make sure your translation component in your browser is ready because this recipe for kuku sib-zamini is too good to miss.
Find the recipe from NOSALTY here.
22. Apple Pie Latkes with Vanilla Cream
This sweet latke combines the history of the potato pancake with the classic flavors of apple pie and it's a home run out of the park.
Find the recipe from Joy of Kosher here.