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!

If I wanted to get creative, I could try one of these interesting recipes: Sweet Potato Latkes, Vegetable and Feta Latkes, or Apple Latkes. But knowing me, I’ll probably stick with the traditional.

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!

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  • http://www.chewonthatblog.com Maxine

    The key is the temperature of the oil. It it’s not hot enough, the potatoes get soggy. If it’s too hot, they burn very quickly. Do a mini-latke test to gauge. Or I suppose you could actually get a thermometer and be exact… but what fun is that? :)

  • http://onceuponafeast.blogspot.com Ruth

    Plus then how could we justify the “taste” testing?

    Happy Chanukah

  • Lillian

    If you soak them in water for a while after they’re peeled (or not!) and shredded, they don’t turn brown.

  • http://aloshaskitchen.blogspot.com melissa

    I miss having latkes. my mom used to heavily brown them for me cause I liked em dark. with applesauce. mmmmm. happy hanukkah!

  • Melissa

    Happy Hanukkah! Hope your latkes turned out just the way you wanted!

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