• Nayari Vasquez

Lovable Latkes to Celebrate Hanukkah

Christmas is right around the corner and we all know what that means: great food, but many of us haven't stopped to consider that we can also appreciate Hanukkah during this holiday season. With this traditional and simple recipe, Latkes are sure to be a fan favorite on everyone’s holiday dinner table. Latkes, or potato pancakes, are fried and often served with applesauce or topped with an egg. I recommend homemade applesauce as it is simple to make and ties the whole meal together.

Ingredients (Latkes):

2 medium/large potatoes

1 medium/large yellow onion

1 large egg

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

¼ teaspoon baking soda

½ cup all purpose flour

½ - 1 cup oil

Yield: approx. 12 Latkes

  1. Wash and peel the potatoes and onion. Grate potatoes and onion into a bowl.

  2. Strain the mixture using a dish towel or cheesecloth (make sure most or all of the water is strained out). Transfer the potatoes and onion into a dry bowl.

  3. Add the egg, salt, pepper, baking soda, and flour to the bowl and mix everything together.

  4. In a large frying pan add the oil so that it covers at least ¼ inch of the pan and heat it over medium/high heat.

  5. Once the oil is hot enough to fry (sprinkle a little water to see if it sizzles), drop a hefty spoonful of the latke mixture into the oil, and use a spatula to flatten out the latkes.

  6. Once the latkes are golden brown (approx. 4–5 minutes) flip the latkes with the spatula and cook for another 2 minutes on the other side.

  7. Dry on a plate covered with a paper towel and add salt to taste while still warm.

Ingredients (Applesauce):

2 apples

¼ cup & 2 tablespoons water

¼ - ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Sugar to taste

Yields: 2 servings

  1. Peel, core, and chop the apples. In a saucepan combine the apples, water, and cinnamon.

  2. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until the apples are tender.

  3. Mash the apples with a fork and add sugar to taste.

Making these recipes is super easy and fun for everyone. It is a great way to bond with family or treat them to an impressive, yet simple meal. I highly recommend eating the latkes with applesauce as it is customary and surprisingly delicious (especially when the applesauce is homemade). Happy holidays from our Windjammer family to yours!

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