5 Not-So-Typical Latke Recipes

Mother and child, making Latkes

Latkes! You know them, you love them – and you’re ready to make a LOT of them. Looking to change up your traditional latkes? Try one of these unconventional spins on fried potatoes. Don’t forget, you can find a deliciously delightful story to enjoy while you nosh on PJ Library’s Hanukkah hub.

Air-Fried Mashed Potatoes

Mother and child, making Latkes

Did you know that you can air-fry leftover mashed potatoes? It’s true! Family-recipe blogs are full of recipes using leftover mashed potatoes. If you’re looking for a little break from oily foods but still want to make something “fried,” try these. Just scoop your leftover mashed potatoes and air-fry for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees or freeze your leftovers, slice the frozen potatoes into wedges, and air fry as you would any frozen french fry recipe.

Cookist Piped Fried Potatoes


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Welcome to latkes, the next generation. These piped mashed potatoes turn into delicious fried spirals—a super fun take on the Hanukkah tradition of eating fried food. (Not sure why we eat fried food during Hanukkah? Check out the Hanukkah episode of PJ Library’s new podcast, Afternoons With Mimi, for the answer).

Hidden Veggie Latkes

Hidden Veggie Latkes

PJ Library parent and recipe writer, Jennifer Stemple, created these special hidden veggie latkes for PJ Library families a few Hanukkahs ago and they’ve remained a hit. These delicious spins on traditional latkes are a snap to make and a wonderful way to dig into and try new veggies.

Potato Kugel

Hash Brown Skillet

This particular easy kugel from Smitten Kitchen is basically one giant latke in a pan. Simple, easy, and perfect. Looking for a slightly more intricate recipe? Try this vegan, allergen-friendly kugel from our blog.

Trader Joe’s Freezer Section

Frozen Food Aisle Shoppers

Whenever our team polls PJ Library subscribers and their grown-ups about favorite Hanukkah staples, grocery store Trader Joe’s is brought up over and over. Parents and care givers insist that the store’s hashbrowns, shredded potatoes, and seasonal items are perfect for special Hanukkah dinners (or breakfasts).