Gallery: How to Make Veselka's Latkes

Latkes
Latkes

Veselka's perfectly crisp latkes are served at both Veselka Bowery and the original East Village location.

Ingredients
Ingredients

Veselka's latkes are made with a combination of raw and partially cooked potatoes. The cooked potatoes actually help the latkes come out crispier by helping the raw potatoes and onions stick together better without using extra flour.

Potatoes
Potatoes

Idaho potatos are commonly considered the latke potato of choice, which give you crispy brown exteriors and tender middles thanks to their high starch content.

Get grating!
Get grating!

The cooked and raw potatoes—as well as a carrot—are grated. The carrot isn't exactly traditional, but it certainly sets Veselka's latkes apart from the crowd.

Rinsing the potatoes
Rinsing the potatoes

The raw grated potatoes got soaked in water for a bit...

Rinsing the potatoes
Rinsing the potatoes

...and are then wrung dry in a tea towel. No one likes watery latkes.

Onion
Onion

Rather than grating the onion, it gets very finely chopped.

Garlic
Garlic

Since a little extra flavor never hurt anyone, some garlic gets chopped up as well.

Throw it all in a bowl
Throw it all in a bowl

Everything that's been grated and chopped so far gets combined in a bowl with an egg to help bind the mixture together.

Into the pan
Into the pan

The loosely packed latke patties are gently placed in a heavily oiled cast iron skillet.

Frying
Frying

There's nothing quite like a hot sizzling latke. The chef prefers a cast iron pan for his latkes; it retains heat better than most skillets.

Frying
Frying

Before you know it these babies are turning a perfect golden brown.

Fresh from the fryer
Fresh from the fryer

A liberal dusting of coarse salt finishes them off.

Latkes
Latkes

Of course latkes aren't truly latkes without a side of sour cream and applesauce.

Bonus time!
Bonus time!

Added bonus! They were making a large batch of beet and goat cheese pierogies at the time, which also happen to be the most gorgeous pierogies you've ever seen.

Pierogies
Pierogies

Each one of the dumplings are hand crimped.

Pierogies
Pierogies

Beet pierogies may not be strictly traditional, but they sure look delicious.