Perfect latkes

Make crisp potato pancakes every time

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Making potato pancakes

Cured or cold-smoked salmon, a dollop of sour cream, and a glass of sparkling wine - a classic vintage brut or blanc de noirs - turn potato pancakes into a party starter.

Leigh Beisch

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Potato Pancakes

A little potato pancake knowledge goes a long way in December. Hanukkah wouldn't be itself without latkes. Other parties also come to life with potato-pancake appetizers. And the warm, crisp cakes make a great holiday side dish.

But latkes aren't all created equal: Choose a Yukon Gold potato over a russet and your cake is extra creamy on the inside; add another root vegetable and it takes on different flavors. Experiment with our variations to find your favorite formula.

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