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Video Recipe: Izzy's Traditional Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

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Posted on 2007-11-14

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Video Recipe: Izzy's Traditional Latkes (Potato Pancakes) 13385 views
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A very entertaining recipe for perfect Latkes (Potato Pancakes) by Izzy, a German concentration camp survivor (you will catch a glimpse of his number tattoo on his arm). A truly entertaining man.


3 large potatoes
1 large onion
3 eggs
3 large "spoons" of flour
Olive Oil
"Regular" Oil


"Grind" potatoes by hand in a bowl (""You grind dem like this")

Grind onion by hand

("when you have a fine machine you can grind it with a fine machine too")

Add (a ton of) salt and pepper ("How much salt? I can't tell you...Like this")

Mix well

Add eggs and mix well ("You mix this everything together good!")

Add flour and mix well

Place 2 frying pans on stove and add 1/2 Olive Oil and regular Oil ("A lot of oil in...Why both kinds? Tasted better")

Add 3 spoonfuls of batter (per latke) to frying pan ("And smell, in a couple of minutes the'ole house gonna smell. Un a good smell!)

When bottom is nice and browned turn the latkes over

When done place on paper towels covered plate to drain

Serve and enjoy!

Author Comments

Izzy is an eighty+ year old survivor of the German concentration camps. While this is a promotional video -and fast forward for the first 30 seconds or so - This truly a very entertaining and interesting video. And the recipes sounds simple and tasty too!



Exactly the way my Grandma used to make them.
Susan on 2007-12-15
interesting..i'll try it!
agnes on 2008-09-01
Thanks Izzy. It is like stay with my father again.He also survived german concentration camp.Please let me know how I can contact Izzy or his family.Warm wishes.
Rina on 2008-12-16

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