Challah! Hanukkah is on its way, so that means it’s time to bust out the apple fritters and cheese-filled donuts — but first, DINNER. My favorite traditional Jewish side is latkes (AKA potato pancakes). Today we’re going to make them using a waffle iron (#winning kitchen hack), and then we’ll show you five different topping options. We’ve got pomegranate + greek yogurt, sour cream + apple sauce, crème fraîche + apple butter + black pepper, mozzarella + persimmon + balsamic glaze AND pear + gorgonzola. And they are all DAMN good.



  • 2 cups shredded potato
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Special Equipment:

  • waffle iron

Instructions for Latkes:

  1. Mix potato, onion and salt in a bowl. Move to a sieve and let drain for about 15 minutes. Then squeeze any extra moisture out of the mixture.
  2. Add your egg and pepper, mixing to coat.
  3. Heat your waffle iron (put on high if there is an option).
  4. Coat the iron with non-stick spray (we recommend olive oil spray), then add two tablespoons of the mixture. Close the lid and let cook for about 6-8 minutes or until they’re golden brown.

You guys — using a waffle iron to make latkes is THE BEST. Not only do they have the fun waffle imprints, but they couldn’t be easier to cook.

On to the toppings. We’ve got five flavor-packed combos that will please all of the taste buds among your dinner guests.

Crème Fraîche + Apple Butter + Black Pepper


Add a dollop of each and top with a sprinkle of pepper.

Pomegranate + Greek Yogurt


The sour greek yogurt and the tart pom seeds add a delicious bite to the savory base.

Sour Cream + Apple Sauce


For a more classic topping combo, go with sour cream and applesauce.

Mozzarella + Persimmon + Balsamic Glaze


For those of you who love a seasonal dish, adding persimmons to your potato pancakes is the JAM.

Pear + Gorgonzola


This one packs a punch with its gorgonzola blast of flavor, in the best way possible.


There you have it! Create a latke bar at your house with all of the available toppings and let your guests DIY their own.


Happy Hanukkah!

Be sure to check out our Pinterest for more delicious holiday recipes!

Author: Roxy Taghavian

Food Production and Styling: Kelly Bryden

Photography: Tory Putnam