Sara Tane

If it's the day after a Hanukkah celebration and you've found yourself with a platter of leftover latkes that you don't know what to do with, worry not. Heating up a leftover latke in the microwave is less than ideal—they turn soggy and chewy, rather than keeping that crispy texture that we love so much. Instead of throwing them away (gasp!), we repurposed them into a beautiful breakfast hash that is super easy and customizable. Let no latke go to waste, and make yourself and your family a delicious breakfast for the next morning.

December 13, 2016

Do you want to know what is a real crime? Throwing away leftover latkes. These precious potato pancakes are not meant to find themselves in the garbage. However, being that they are their absolute best and tastiest when they’re straight out of the frying pan, it’s not exactly something that you’d probably want to eat in its leftover form. With a little creativity and some quick thinking, you can easily give these crispy fritters another chance at life. And a great life, at that.

Reheating latkes in the microwave is less than ideal. Don’t get me wrong, it can definitely be done, but by that point, they’ve lost some of their crispness, and the oil isn’t quite fresh. That’s why, the best thing to do with day-old latkes is to throw them back into a skillet, the very place where they were created.

Start with extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat in a medium to large skillet, and from there, let your imagination take it away. Onions, apples, kale, and any other veggies that you like in a breakfast scramble will do. If you’re not following a Kosher diet, then you better go ahead and add some bacon or sausage to that scramble, too. Cook the veggies until they’ve softened a bit, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Rip apart the latkes into bite-sized pieces and add them to the skillet. Next, create small divots in the vegetable mixture, and crack an egg into each divot. Cover the pan until the eggs are cooked through to your desired doneness.

Whether they're classic potato, cheesy cauliflower, curried carrot, or beet latkes, it doesn't matter. This hash doesn't discriminate. By tossing the latke bits in a veggie mixture, you’re heating them up in a much more flavorful way. Trust us, this is way more exciting than watching your beautiful latkes turn to an oily, soggy puddle in the microwave. Similar to crispy cast-iron potatoes, this dish is the healthiest way to re-purpose your holiday leftovers. After all, you worked so hard to make your beautiful latkes, so why throw away your precious hard work?