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Mashed Potato, Kale and Feta Cheese Latkes

These pancakes are soft and creamy inside, fabulously crispy on the surface and have an earthy, vaguely mineral-y potato flavor plus the tang of cheese. They are among my favorite things to eat ever.
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Main
Cuisine: Jewish
Keyword: Banana and Spinach Pancakes Recipe, brunch, cheese, Hanukkah, Latke, Passover, potato, vegetarian
Servings: 6 Servings (Makes 16-18 latkes)
Calories: 417kcal
Author: Ronnie Fein


  • 2 cups matzo farfel
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • Place the matzo farfel in a bowl, cover with very hot water and let soak for a few minutes until soft.
  • Drain the farfel and squeeze out as much water as possible. Return the drained farfel to the bowl.
  • While the matzo farfel is soaking, heat the olive oil and butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. When the butter has melted and looks foamy, add the onion and cook for a minute. Add the kale, cover the pan and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes, or until the kale has wilted. Spoon the mixture into a strainer and squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the vegetables.
  • Add to the matzo farfel and mix ingredients to distribute them evenly. Add the mashed potatoes, feta cheese and egg and mix ingredients thoroughly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Heat about 1/2-inch vegetable oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Shape the potato mixture into patties and fry for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.


About these latkes:
  • They are perfect for Passover because they contain matzo farfel, not bread or bread crumbs.
  • They are perfect for Hanukkah when you might want a different kind of latke.
  • They are perfect for vegetarian meals anytime.
  • They are perfect as a brunch dish for company because you can make them ahead and reheat (preheat oven to 425 degrees F).
  • They store nicely in the freezer (wrapped twice in plastic) for up to two months.