December 15, 2011

What’s the Best Way to Enjoy a Latke?

A favorite Hanukkah tradition is Potato Latkes, and there are many recipes for making them and serving them! Keep reading to see our favorites, and tell us, will you make this traditional Jewish dish this December? Here are several different recipes for Latkes from our friends at Recipe4Living:

Sweet Potato Latkes
Latkes with Sour Cream Mushroom Sauce

Apple Latkes
Potato Latkes
Vegetable and Feta Latkes

What should you pair with your latkes? I’ve heard of people using everything from sugar to sour cream to applesauce! Personally, applesauce is my favorite dip to pair with a latke, and especially in the fall and winter months, the apple cinnamon taste is so seasonally appropriate.

Tell us: What’s your favorite way to enjoy a latke?

December 10, 2007

Latke Diaries

Sometimes we really don’t turn out to be as ambitious as we hope to be. Like I said, I planned to make latkes this year, really I did! But since tonight is already the seventh night of Hanukkah, I’m not so sure that’s going to happen. SO, just like Max attests to the premade mixes for banana bread, it turns out I’m a huge supporter of premade mixes for latkes.

But, just because I didn’t make my own, doesn’t mean I didn’t eat a wholllle lot of latkes this Hanukkah season. In fact, my consumption was probably a little excessive (but don’t worry the pictures you see below are of group shots – not my portion).

So let’s see which premade latkes made the cut, and which I’d leave behind in the oil.

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December 3, 2007

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!

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June 13, 2007

Potato Pancakes and Art Fairs

I tried to spend every waking moment of last weekend outdoors. It was the first consistently gorgeous weekend that Chicago has seen this season and I just couldn’t get enough. Saturday was spent strolling (and sometimes shoving) up and down Wells St. for the Old Town Art Fair. Unfortunately, the art was pretty expensive – and a lot of it was those cheesy pictures of ballparks and cityscapes – but we found other ways to entertain ourselves, namely beer and food.

Vendors from Old Town had set up stands along the street, so you could choose over-priced mini-portions and sample the cuisines (I’m not exaggerating here, they were really charging $3 for one egg roll). Kind of like the Taste, but without the tickets and on a much smaller scale. I did, however, stop at the booth of a Polish restaurant that had huge Polish sausages on the grill, pierogies with potato filling and the largest potato pancakes I have ever witnessed. This was not something I was expecting.

In my mind, potato pancakes are reserved specifically for Hanukkah at which time I try to consume as many as possible to hold me over until next year. But as soon as I saw these 8-inch latkes, I simply had to have one. Actually we had three, because that’s how they were selling them. Three 8-inch potato pancakes with sides of sour cream and apple sauce. I was in heaven.

The consistency was a little thick for me, I think the potatoes had be chopped too finely, but the flavor was nice and oniony and the outside was crispy and brown. It was an unlikely surprise on a hot day in June, but now I only have 6 more months until I get them again!

Just in case you can’t wait, here are some of Recipe4Living’s favorites:
Potato Latkes
Sweet Potato Latkes
Hanukkah Latkes
Grandma’s Potato Latkes with Ginger Apple-Pear Compote
Authentic Potato Pancakes

Photo courtesy of Matt Terski on flickr

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