Time for Latkes (Potato Pancakes)!

 

I realized last night that tonight is the first night of Hanukkah and we will be making potato pancakes (latkes) this week, at least twice.  And remember, you don’t have to be Jewish to love latkes (or light the Hanukkiah — a special Hanukkah Menorah with 8 candles and one extra as the shamus, or special candle you light to light all the others each night for eight nights, adding one candle each evening).

 

Since I have posted a recipe for latkes more than once, I will merely include the main link to those two postings. Also, I am still catching up on mail and bills and odds and ends from being away for my birthday celebration, so a reprint is perfect, because I have posted a recipe for this holiday before.

So Happy Hanukkah to all of you who celebrate this holiday, which I liken to the 4th of July, since it involves a battle for freedom in Bible times.

Link to recipe: http://www.menupause.info/archives/8030.

Lakes are usually served with sour cream and/or apple sauce. Feel free to use yogurt instead of sour cream. My husband latkes are super thin and crisp with no onions added, like lacey cookies, but most people make them thicker. Try both ways and see which way you like them.  Recently I read an article with a recipe for sweet potato latkes.

I may experiment when we make ours from regular potatoes, a mix of Yukon Gold and red-skinned, organically grown, so I will leave on the skins for “dirty” latkes.I will report back if the sweety potato latkes are worthy of mention!

 

P.S. www.tabletmag.com has an interesting article called “Fry Up Something New for Hanukkah” by Leah Koenig. (Second article inlist) Edible reading!!

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