There are a lot of things I love to make by hand. And then there are things that are time consuming, and well, messy! The older I get, and the less I like to clean up a messy kitchen, the more I’m happy to turn to a pre-made product like these latkes from Trader Joe’s; potato, flour, eggs – need I say more!
Eight latkes come inside each cardboard box. They’re frustrating not sealed against freezer burn, so you’ll need to keep an eye on that. A piece of freezer paper separates four latkes on each side:
The latkes can be cooked in the oven or the frying pan, the latter is probably the best method in my experience. Here’s the final finished product, cooked in the air fryer – because well I’m obsessed with my air fryer:
While the packaging recommends enjoying these with a little sour cream or apple sauce, I went a little further in the picture above – spinach dip is a decadent treat to go with these mini potato cakes. We also enjoy them with eggs and/or smoked salmon.
The texture ultimately depends on your cooking method and again I like the pan frying method the best. The egg/flour makeup of a latke means if they’re not cooked ever so correctly they can be a little gummy – especially if the gluten in the wheat starts to tighten up. The frying pan cooks them up briskly yielding a soft interior and a nicely crisp exterior.
Trader Joe’s Traditional Latkes ingredients and nutrition
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Are Trader Joe's Traditional Latkes any good?
If you’re looking for latkes, without all the effort, this product from Trader Joe’s is definitely worth a look. While it’ll never match home cooking, its effortless and simple to prepare.
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC – Utah’s biggest and oldest online food magazine; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with multiple local publications from Visit Salt Lake to Salt Lake Magazine, not least helped to consult on national TV shows.
I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for the better part of fifteen years. I’m largely fueled by a critical obsession with rice, alliteration and the use of big words I don’t understand. I started Shop Smart to catalogue my adventures in the grocery store and kitchen. Follow along on Instagram too!