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Holiday Recipes from Our Home: Selfhelp’s Special Latkes

This homemade latkes recipe at has been part of the fabric of The Selfhelp Home for the past 75 years. When Selfhelp first opened on Drexel Boulevard in Hyde Park, volunteers of German descent would help bake, cook, and prepare meals for residents. This special (and delicious) latkes recipe has been a tradition at Selfhelp since 1951! Other traditional Jewish dishes regularly served at our home also came from those very first volunteers, such as our challah, rugelach, noodle kugel, and blintzes.
As you know, food is a rich part of Jewish culture and holiday celebrations. It’s our pleasure to keep these traditions living on so many years later. Here is our famous latke recipe that our residents love to eat every year. We invite you to try our special recipe at your Chanukah party…
  • 4 cups of peeled and shredded potatoes
  • 1⁄2 cup grated onions
  • 1 1⁄2 tbs. salt (more if prefered)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1⁄4 cup of flour
  • Around 1 cup of vegetable oil (for frying)
  1. Peel and shred the potatoes, remove the liquid with a cheesecloth (or squeeze by hand little by little).
  2. Shred the onions and mix with potatoes.
  3. Beat or whisk eggs with salt in a large bowl.
  4. Mix in the potatoes and onions with the eggs. Add flour, a little at a time.
  5. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the oil until it’s hot. Place a scoop of the potatoes mixture in the hot oil.
  6. Press down on each scoop to form an inch or 1⁄2 inch patty.

Enjoy! The Selfhelp Home Wishes You a Happy Chanukah!