No-fry Latkes (Oven-Baked Latkes)

Thanks for the responses to the previous post about no-fry latkes. I wound up going with a recipe that my friend Michelle recommended from Kveller, by Zoe Singer. I liked the taste of the latkes, but her method of using aluminum foil had me cursing in front of the stove whenever I tried to flip the latkes.

So I definitely recommend her proportions of onion/egg/potato, etc. But next year, here’s what I’ll be doing to make it easier on myself:

  • Ensure that you have clean oven mitts on hand that cover your entire hand. Because you will be going in and out of the oven a lot, and this will increase the probability that you get burned.
  • Don’t use aluminum foil. Sturdy cookie sheets with rims worked great. (Just make sure they aren’t warped, because otherwise the oil will collect on one side of the pan.)
  • Use the recommended half-cup of oil per cookie sheet. It seems disgusting, but these are latkes, they really do need oil. Hey, it’s Channukah!
  • Make each latke smaller than you think. Each one should be about 1/4 cup of batter.
  • Turn the oven up to 450. I swear that my oven is pretty decent, but the batches I was doing took forever until I turned the oven up a bit.
  • If you’re making more than one batch of the recipe, designate a second in command to help you with checking the latkes. Because you will get sick of it.

No-fry latkes

It wouldn’t be Channukah (or Hannukkah*, or Chanuka, or, perhaps most correctly, חֲנֻכָּה), without latkes. That delicious concoction of potatoes and grease which the non-enlightened folk (see that, I made a Channukah joke!) simply call hash browns.

However, this year, I want to make latkes without frying them. Not that I don’t love my fried potato products (although I am in the small minority of humans who doesn’t think french fries are the greatest thing in the world), I just can’t stand the house smelling like grease.

Does anyone know any good no-fry latke recipes?

*For a good time, google Hanukkah! (Let it snow is also another fun one.)