Chanukah, day six.
How about some LATKES!
Latkes, or potato pancakes, are a time honored Chanukah tradition. Many people wonder why latkes? These wonderful potato pancakes became associated with Chanukah because they are fried in oil! It is the miracle of the one-day’s-vial of oil that burned for eight days that we celebrate every Chanukah, so we eat oily food. Yuk! In this health-conscious age, we are reluctant to eat an eight day oily diet, but latkes! that’s a different story. Even the healthiest among us find it hard to resist a latke or two with a side dish of apple sauce. Yum! In recent years I have come across a number of different latke recipes ~ jalapeno, spinach, bell pepper, etc. ~ all with a potato base, but the simple potato latke is still the recipe of choice in most homes. Here is a recipe from the Labavitch Chanukah Guide. ENJOY!
5 large potatoes, peeled 1 tsp. salt
1 large onion 1/4 tsp. pepper
4 eggs 1/3 cup of oil for frying
1/3 cup of matzo meal
Grate potatoes and onion on the fine side of a grater, or in food processor or blender with a little water added. Add eggs and mix well. Add matzo meal and seasoning and mix well. Heat oil in frying pan, then add mixture 1 tablespoon at a time into frying pan. When golden brown, turn and brown other side. Serve hot. Add applesauce if desired.
I hope you enjoy your latkes! And be sure to check out the links below for other Chanukah traditions and recipes.
- Great Chanukah Recipes (blogher.com)
- It’s Chanukah, Come Light the Menorah. . . (ceceliafutch.wordpress.com)
- Chanukah Latke’s (groupon.co.uk)
- Tonight is Chanukah! (dfconsultants.wordpress.com)
- Chanukah Confection Lights Up Gush Etzion (israelnationalnews.com)
- Chanukah 6th night gift-wish (anitasilvert.wordpress.com)