LATKES, PANKUKAS, DERUNY, TATTIES – WHATEVER YOU CALL THEM, OUR POTATO PANCAKES ARE FRESH AND DELICIOUS.
Although latkes, or potato pancakes, are a traditional Jewish dish, they were adapted early on into the Polish cuisine. Known in Polish as placki ziemniaczane, in Poland they are often served topped with meat sauce, pork crisps or goulash, as well as sour cream, apple sauce, mushroom sauce and cottage or sheep’s cheese or even fruit syrup.
Placki ziemniaczane were a food staple in 17th century Polish monasteries. According to a recipe from Stoczek Warmiński, they were made with one onion, two eggs and a spoonful of wheat flour per kilogram of potatoes, and served only with salt and pepper.
Latkes’ popularity is closely associated with the historic presence of one of the largest Jewish communities in the world that flourished in Poland.