Don't Make This Hanukkah Latke Mistake, Says Andrew Zimmern

When it comes to making latkes, you have your work cut out for you. According to The Nosher, anyone looking to make this classic meal might accidentally end up with a kitchen disaster if they wring out all the liquid from the potatoes, use olive oil to fry with, forget to season the latke batter, or end up crowding the pan. While these issues can easily throw off your latke game, Andrew Zimmern has another tip that can make a huge difference if you want to whip up a batch of these crispy treats this Hanukkah.

Through Zimmern's website, the award-winning chef and Travel Channel star released a video that gave the full latke rundown and explained in-depth exactly how to make the dish. Zimmern explains that the basic idea behind the recipe works because most any starchy potato, once grated, should easily stick together once it hits a hot pan and should crisp up nicely. While most potatoes should theoretically get the job done, some spuds make an even nicer latke than others. The chef recommends Yukon Golds or "a baking potato like an Idaho" potato. While these varieties have enough starch, Zimmern recommends against one specific type of potato.

The one potato to avoid when you make latkes

If you want to fry up a batch of winning latkes this year, Andrew Zimmern warns against using "young, little red new potatoes," per the chef's website. These varieties contain the least amount of starch, making them less than ideal for your latke purposes. These types of potato may fall into the category of waxy as opposed to starchy, and won't hold up in the pan (via Neff Kitchen). Other poor latke candidates include potato varieties like the Dutch Cream, Kipfler, Nadine, Nicola, Patrone, Southern Gold, Pink Fir Apple, and the Purple Congo.

If you want to make some great potato pancakes for Hanukkah this year, make sure to follow Zimmern's advice for a solid start to your latke recipe. With a bit of practice and the right ingredients, you can transform any humble potato into a crispy, golden delight anyone can get behind. Just make sure to keep an eye out for starch potatoes on your next grocery run for a greater guarantee of success.