Mini Latkes | Pre-Prans with Ruthie

April 16, 2014 11:22 am

Deacon Eric Sundrup, SJ gets a lesson in Jewish latkes (potato pancakes) from Ruthie and her daughter Grace.

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2 eggs, beaten
3 yukon gold potatoes
1 sweet onion, grated
1/3 cup almond meal
salt & pepper to taste
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 bunch fresh chives
sour cream


Finely snip chives and set aside.

Coarsely grate potatoes, rinse under cold water, drain.

Wrap grated potatoes and onion in a clean dishcloth and wring to remove excess water.

In a bowl, combine potatoes, onion, eggs, and some of the almond meal. Add salt and pepper to taste. The goal is to have just enough moisture that the ingredients stick together. If the mixture is too wet, add more of the almond meal.

Form appetizer size patties of even thickness.

Heat coconut oil in a skillet and add latkes. Cook 3 minutes per side or until crispy and golden, flipping once.

Before serving, top with a little dollop of sour cream and garnish with chives.

Gather together some friends or family and enjoy!


“Pre-Prans with Ruthie” is an Ignatian food show on the IN Network that brings the time-honored Jesuit tradition of “preprandials” (think: happy hour) to your home through easy to make & share recipes that are infused with Ruthie’s stories and lovable personality.

New episodes each month!


Ruthie is a mother of two grown kids and fifth of twelve siblings. A retired yoga instructor, she now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, serving as Kitchen Manager at the Jesuit Novitiate, in addition to owning and managing Organized Living with Ruthie. As a niece and sister of two Jesuits, her ties to the Society of Jesus and Ignatian Spirituality are life-long.


Pre-Prans is basically happy hour. Short for preprandial, it’s anything done right before a meal, like having appetizers and drinks. In the Society of Jesus, “pre-prans” is a traditional way that Jesuits who live together make time in their busy schedules to gather as a community.

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