Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends! I think Hanukkah is my favorite holiday (or at least in the top three). I love that it’s for eight days, it’s a fun celebration (not solemn), and hey, Hanukkah comes with amazing food! Even if you’re not Jewish you probably tasted latkes (potato pancakes) once or twice in your life. I mean they are DELICIOUS! There are some recipes that are very different from the traditional latkes, like with apples, carrots, raisins, or other add-ins but I like the traditional. I have tried other varieties but seem to stick to the traditional latke, not only because I think it tastes the best, but because I think it’s the one that represents the holiday like it should be.
Here’s the traditional latke recipe that we make every year:
4 large potatoes*
2 eggs, beaten
4 tbsp. grated onion
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Oil (for frying)
Grate the potatoes. Squeeze excess liquid out of the grated potatoes. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Pour coating of oil into hot 450 degree skilled and place tablespoons of mixture into the pan. Flatten the latkes just a little bit. Fry until golden brown, turn and fry on the other side. Blot on paper towels to extract all remaining oil. Enjoy!
*Adjust the amount of potatoes & other ingredients based on the amount of people you are serving.
What is your favorite way to eat latkes? Sour cream? Applesauce? Plain? Do you have a recipe that you absolutely LOVE? If so, please share!