Mini Potato Latkes with Apple Creme Fraiche

December 20, 2016 By Cathy — 8 Comments
Crispy potato pancakes are topped with creamy apple creme fraiche. These terrific bite-size appetizers are perfect for Hanukkah entertaining.

Mini Potato Latkes

It is holiday madness in our house this week. We’re gearing up for a joint celebration on Saturday for both Christmas Eve and Hanukkah. It’s not often that the stars align and the holidays kick off on the same day, but it definitely makes for added excitement (and work) around here.

Mini Potato Latkes

Even though it’s no surprise that the holidays arrive every year in December, it still seems that we are always scrambling to get our shopping done and menus planned. I swear I end up paying as much in expedited shipping as I do for the gifts themselves. And the wrapping! Let’s just say I forsee a couple of late nights this week with ribbons, paper and bows and Netflix to keep me company.

But with the shopping finally behind me, it’s time to think holiday food. We’ll be equal parts kids and adults on Saturday so I need to craft a menu to please both crowds. I know I’ll be making a couple French onion tarts, a hot, gooey dip and maybe even a hearty winter soup served in shooters for easy sipping. And don’t forget the cocktails. My cranberry ginger fizz is a must for Christmas Eve and I’m thinking a steaming mug of hot buttered rum is definitely in the cards for Christmas Day.

Mini Potato Latkes

But where is Hanukkah in the celebration? Well, let’s just say it’s being very well represented in the form of mini potato latkes. Hanukkah just wouldn’t be Hanukkah without a pile of crispy potato pancakes on the table. Because our Saturday celebration is very casual, I plan to serve a grazing style menu which means loads of small bites on small plates. I’ll miniaturize the latkes so they can be easily snatched from the table and popped in mouths. And instead of the usual bowls of sour cream and applesauce alongside, I’ve created a sort of marriage between the two for easy topping. Finish with a sprinkle of chives for the win.

Mini Potato Latkes

Whatever you’re celebrating this year, I would like to wish you a joyous and peaceful holiday from my home to yours. May your house be filled with laughter and love and your table teeming with all of your holiday favorites. Merry everything!

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Mini Potato Latkes
Mini Potato Latkes with Apple Creme Fraiche
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Crispy potato pancakes are topped with creamy apple creme fraiche. These terrific bite-size appetizers are perfect for Hanukkah entertaining.
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 40 latkes
Author: Cathy Roma |
  • Potato Latkes
  • 2 lbs yukon gold potatoes yellow potatoes
  • 1 lb onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt plus extra for sprinkling
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • Canola oil for frying

  • Apple Creme Fraiche
  • 2 large apples peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 - 8 oz container creme fraiche
  1. Potato Latkes: Peel and rough chop the potatoes and onion. Fit a food processor with a shredding (grating) disc and shred the onions and potatoes. Alternatively you can grate them using a cheese grater.
  2. Place the grated onions and potatoes together in a colander and press on them to release excess moisture. To ensure that they're really dry, I place them inside a towel in smaller amounts and tightly squeeze until no more liquid is released.
  3. Mix the drained potatoes and onion with the salt, flour and egg until just combined.
  4. Preheat oven to 250 degrees and line a sheet pan with paper towels.
  5. Pour enough oil to cover the bottom of a large non-stick skillet and heat over high heat until the oil is hot but not smoking. Scoop 1 1/2 - 2 Tbsp scoops of the potato mixture and drop into the pan. (You will fry these in several batches.)
  6. Cook, pressing down lightly to flatten the latkes, until the first side is golden brown, then flip them carefully to the other side. Cook until golden brown and place on the paper towel lined pan. Hold them in the oven to keep warm as you fry the remaining latkes. Repeat until the potatoes mixture is all gone.
  7. Apple Creme Fraiche: Combine the apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, water and salt in a small saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat until apple are very tender, about 10 minutes.
  8. Cool to room temperature and then puree in a food processor or mash with a fork.
  9. Stir in the creme fraiche and serve with latkes for dipping or topping.

Mini Potato Latkes

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8 responses to “Mini Potato Latkes with Apple Creme Fraiche”

  1. I’m glad the shopping is behind me too! And what’s up with wrapping? It takes forever, doesn’t it? I’m more excited about the food more than anything, especially turkey dinner on Christmas day with all the sides 🙂 Your Saturday sounds like it will be delicious! I love a grazing style menu, lots of bits and bites of this and that. Get to try a bit of everything which is never a bad thing. That grill cheese dip sounds delicious and so does that hot buttered rum (pinning- never had anything like that before). But these potato latkes with that apple crème fraiche? Yum! Little bites of goodness right there. Bet these would also be lovely for breakfast with a poached egg. Wishing you and your family a very very happy holiday with lots of good eats and memory making! XO

  2. I thought my shopping was behind me but I still have a few trailing items and they take forever. I never make latkes but these look so good and that creme fraiche! Wow, must try that. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  3. Potatoes in any form are popular in my house, but especially latkes! Love your mini version and that apple creme fraiche is brilliant!!

  4. Your holiday feast sounds like it’s going to be amazing Cathy! I haven’t made latkes in like forever! Both my husband Tom and I love them! I’ll need to try your recipe and make them again soon! So glad all your shopping is behind you! I may already see a new tripod in my pile! Yay!

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