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Cheese & Red Pepper Latkes

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 min./batch


3 dozen

Updated: Sep. 21, 2022
These zesty latkes combine three cheeses with a handful of garlic and a colorful burst of red peppers. —Christine Montalvo, Windsor Heights, Iowa
Cheese & Red Pepper Latkes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 large onions, finely chopped
  • 3 medium sweet red peppers, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 18 medium garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and shredded
  • 1-1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • Canola oil for frying
  • Minced fresh parsley


  1. In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, saute onions and red peppers in butter until tender. Add 1/4 cup garlic, celery salt and pepper; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the potatoes, cheeses, flour, sour cream and remaining garlic; mix well.
  3. Heat 1/4 in. of oil in same skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, drop batter by 1/4 cupfuls into hot oil. Press lightly to flatten. Fry until golden brown, carefully turning once. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with parsley.

Nutrition Facts

3 latkes: 437 calories, 29g fat (11g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 677mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.

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