Hanukkah: A Festival of Potato Latkes
It’s finally setting in that Hanukkah starts tomorrow night. Aside from being behind on my gift shopping, this year’s early arrival of the “festival of lights” has made for some procrastination in the kitchen.
A toss up with Sukkot, Hanukkah is probably a favorite of mine. Presents, celebrations, candle lighting, and the best part of all….POTATO LATKES!
I could not be more excited to ingest my entire year’s share of grease and oil in these 8 days. In fact, that’s what Hanukkah is all about! Soo my plan is try out a new recipe this year. Whether it be this Hannukah Latkes recipe, or this Potato Latkes recipe, I know I won’t be using a lot of onion. To me, latkes are all about potatoes, oil and applesauce so I intend to keep them that way!
But for me, getting in the latke zone requires its very own mindset. Last year I helped make the potato latkes at a friend’s Hannukah party (we’ll see if she asks me to make them again! :)). I thought they turned out pretty well…but I had a problem keeping the shredded potatoes from browning while they were waiting to be fried. If you’re making a whole bunch of latkes, you need to shred a ton of potatoes in advance, so there was really no getting around this problem. Anyone have any tips? I’ve tried using lemon juice but that didn’t work so well.
Happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating!
Oh and if anyone needs more ideas on latke recipes, or Hanukkah desserts (like sufganiyot or what have you), try out this Hannukah Planner!