6th Day of the Chanukah Miracle!

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!

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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. 🙂

25 thoughts on “6th Day of the Chanukah Miracle!

    1. Yes, I’ve seen folks use sour cream, mustard, ketchup, and once I even saw someone use pickle relish (but he was a teenager and I think he was trying to gross out the adults who were there.)
      Thanks for stopping by.

  1. Latkes are SO GOOD. We put applesauce on them. My friend gave me her grandmother’s recipe. When she emailed the recipe to me, she wrote:

    Now, Grandma is still alive, so don’t tell her i gave this to you. Grandma’s card says that when you make them, some people will behave like they haven’t eaten in years. “And when you are cooking for people who enjoy them so much you won’t mind grating potatoes all day long. ho ho!” she says.

    1. I just use regular applesauce. Homemade applesauce is the best, but it’s been years since I’ve made that. If you like cinamon in your applesauce, that tastes real good, too!

    1. There really isn’t much to Chanukah food~except for latkes. The Israeli jelly donut (sufganiot) is really not to my liking at all. I agree, Pesach is much more connected to foods! Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Latkes are a favorite around here, and it sounds like at your place, too. I checked out your web site and your blog. Both are very nice, very interesting.

  2. Sadly I have to admit I did not know what latkes were before reading this post, but these sound (and look) wonderful! Fortunately my wife is making pancakes right now, or else I’d be very, very tempted to try this myself (and with my culinary ‘skill’ there would surely be an ‘incident’)!

    1. 🙂 Someday you will have to try latkes! Delicious. But I’m sure that Annabelle cooks up a great batch of pancakes, too. Besides, we wouldn’t want an “incident” to occur. 😀 Thanks for stopping by.

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