We pried potato pancake preferences from a few of our favorite chefs around the country — and compiled them into a tell-all to help you make the best latkes of your life.
Sunchokes or raw beets.
Type of oil used for frying?
What’s the one thing home cooks should not do?
Probably prepare them too far in advance. They need to be hot and crispy. And adding too much flour.
I use Idaho, but I like to play around with it and use sweet potato, carrot, beets and Jerusalem artichokes.
Applesauce, sour cream or other?
Preserved lemon yogurt or roasted apple chili sauce.
Best latkes you ever had?
It was a sweet potato latke that my mom made when I was a kid. It had tons of onions and it was really crispy but also sweet inside.
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