A basic recipe for pan fried potato latkes, no flour needed.
What you will need
2 large (about 1 lb) russet potatoes
1/2 cup (50g) finely diced white onion
salt as needed
olive oil as needed
How to cook
Remove the skin. You don't have to worry too much about perfect peeling because we're just going to grate these up in the next step.
A simple box grater works well.
Move grated potato to a bowl, and add enough water to submerge. Soak for several minutes.
Squeeze out the grated potatoes and spread them out on a clean kitchen towel.
Roll up the towel and twist it into a spiral. Over a small bowl, squeeze the towel tightly to strain off water.
Unroll the towel and transfer the grated and strained potatoes to a mixing bowl.
In latkes, I enjoy the flavor of onion, but not the texture, so I try to chop the onion as finely as possible. Check out the recipe link below for some tips on how to do this.
Mix the potatoes with the egg, chopped onion and a little salt.
Heat oil in a sautée pan over medium heat. A nonstick pan will work best here.
When the oil is shimmering, place small haystacks of your potato mixture in the hot oil. Let them cook until browned (about 5 minutes).
When the latkes are golden brown on one side, flip them gently with a small spatula.
Let them cook on the opposite side until golden brown. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Serve with creme fraiche, applesauce, or both.