Purple Potato Latkes

Purple Potato Latkes 3

Tonight was the fifth night of chanukah. Which means that if you are partying hard in true hanukkah fashion, you have had a lot of latkes by now. Are you bored of the typical? I am. I know that the world is full of people making latkes with all kinds of interesting vegetables, spices and sauces. But I decided to go a different direction, because I care more than I should about aesthetics. Which is how this idea was born. Let’s make a pretty latke, I thought to myself. So I bought some purple potatoes.

I posted a picture on instagram of my latkes frying, and they were totally beautiful:

latkes frying

You can’t see it clearly, but the purple potatoes and flecks of green courtesy of the scallions really are eye-catching.

I got a lot of skeptical questions on the picture. People wanted to know if they would keep their beautiful color.

The answer? Yes and no. The potatoes did lose some of their vibrant purple color, but they still looked far prettier and way different than any ordinary potato latke. And more than that, purple potatoes have a different taste and texture than ordinary ones, making these beauties all around unique, fun and delicious.

If you are experiencing latke boredom try these!

Purple Potato Latkes 2

Purple Potato Latkes


(approximately) 1 lb small purple potatoes, scrubbed and unpeeled

3 scallions, thinly sliced

2 eggs

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Olive oil, for frying


Grate the potatoes on the large side of the grater, and drain completely. (Excess water will prevent your latkes from getting crispy, so really squeeze them well!)

Heat olive oil in a frying pan on medium heat.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the grated potatoes, scallions, eggs and spices until combine. Form a small patty of the mixture and place in the hot oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides.

Serve hot.


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Hope everyone’s chanukah is going great! Mine sure is! Did you all check out my fabulous giveaway (plus the best dessert…ever) earlier this week? I am giving away SIX cookbooks! -Miriam




  1. says

    The first time I ever had purple potato was on a pizza in Australia! I’ve never found them in my local shops here in the UK but they are so pretty and taste great too – love the look of this recipe!

  2. says

    i tried to make latkes for hanukkah and literally a minute after i grated the potatoes in my food processor they turned purple. so i threw out the potatoes and at the same time threw out the idea of making the latkes. i wish i saw your blog and knew the color would cook off and they would look okay after they were fried. next time i’m trying your recipe!

  3. says

    Ok I must’ve missed your purple potato adventures on Instagram! I saw a bunch of “unusual” potatoes (ones I’ve never even heard of!) at the one market. Next time I should buy them and try latkes. Thanks for the inspiration!

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