Happy Hanukkah

600px-Latkes Image by Jonathunder in Wikimedia

Happy Hanukkah which begins tonight. The image of latkes is by Jonathunder on Wikimedia. Latkes are really delicious and there are many recipes for them. I like ones like the ones in this image. Grated potato with a little flour, eggsย and some onion and fried in oil. You can find many recipes on the internet. I like them with a little sour cream on top. You can cook them ahead of time and freeze them for future use.

Classic Latke Recipe

This image is from the recipe page on Food Network.com

Hope you have a good week and a happy start to the Holiday Season.

22 thoughts on “Happy Hanukkah

      1. Deborah Drucker Post author

        Well, I am curious about a lot of stuff and have not looked it up yet either. I just mentioned online because I did not give the exact measurements for the ingredients, and I would have to look it up too. Don’t have it memorized. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am glad my post was helpful and you enjoyed it. โค

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      2. Deborah Drucker Post author

        It has to do with the oil. The story of Hanukkah is when the temple in Jerusalem was rededicated there wasn’t enough oil for the lamps. The story goes there was a miracle and the oil lasted for 8 days. The celebration of Hanukkah lasts 8 days. So on Hanukkah people eat foods fried in oil. Doughnuts are another food. I think potatoes were a food chosen because they were plentiful and inexpensive.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Well, I don’t think there is a rule that says you have to be Jewish to eat latkes. Yes, we have a good excuse to eat fried foods this week! ( even if you’re not Jewish, I won’t tell anybody) ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Deborah Drucker Post author

        Yes, I think you are right about the Eastern European take on the potato pancakes. I was reading up on the history a bit and found out they originated as cheese pancakes and then when developed in poorer areas of Russia they were made from potatoes. These do look like hash browns because they are the simplest recipe. If you add baking powder they come out more puffy looking. There are many recipes for latkes but I still like the basic ones.

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