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Hanukkah is the festival of lights, and of indulging in crispy, golden, delicious fried foods. Latkes and jelly doughnuts are the perennial classics, but with deep-fried favorites like fried chicken, French fries, falafel, elephant ears, samosas, apple fritters, empanadas, corn dogs, fish and chips, fried cheese, chicken fried steak, beignets, potato chips, and tempura, the oil-cooked options are almost endless. But, we want you to tell us:
What’s your favorite fried food?
It’s that time of year when menorahs are lit, dreidels are spun, and little sachets of foil-wrapped chocolate gelt are handed out. Hanukkah typically lasts eight days, but Cook Kosher has a recipe for Potato Latkes that will make you want this Hanukkah favorite on your dinner table year-round. These potato latkes emerge from the frying pan golden, crisp, and ready to be topped with a small spoonful of applesauce or good quality crème fraîche. Make a few batches for your upcoming Hanukkah party or as a tasty side dish at the December dinner table.
Hanukkah is not only a festival of lights, but also a festival of food, with countless holiday staples like tender brisket and crispy latkes tempting our taste buds. While I have toyed with countless recipes over past Hanukkah holidays, I’ve finally settled on a hearty menu that celebrates the season and the bounty of enticing tastes.
For the first course, I like to keep it light and serve up a citrus-packed Endive Escarole Salad. Potato Latkes then appear, usually leaving few leftovers for my next day’s lunch. Before guests can fill up on potato pancakes, Provencal Short Ribs with Olives and Herbs (pictured above) are served alongside the much-anticipated Temple Israel Brisket. Finally, piles of Kemp’s Cinderella Carrots and Grilled Asparagus hit the table. About 15 to 20 minutes later, guests are already reaching across the table for seconds as I sneak into the kitchen and put the finishing touches on the Amaretto Olive Oil Cake.
What are your favorite Hanukkah Recipes?
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The holiday season is a time for family, friends, celebrating, and eating! Everyone has their favorite traditional holiday dish. With seasonal selections like honey baked ham, green bean casserole, braised brisket, sugar cookies, potato latkes, gingerbread, prime rib roast, and jelly doughnuts, there is no shortage of indulgent options. But we want to know:
What is your favorite holiday food?
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Whether or not you celebrate the Festival of Lights, there’s no denying that a perfectly fried potato latke is a little piece of bliss. Interestingly enough, latkes came to the Hanukkah party fairly late. Here’s a brief history of the duo.
Hanukkah itself dates back to 168 B.C., when Syrian-Greek King Antiochus captured Jerusalem. The city’s loyal defenders, the Maccabees, finally succeeded in driving out Antiochus and his troops three years later. Afterwards, they assembled in the Temple in Jerusalem and lit a golden menorah to celebrate and give thanks. Though they only had enough oil for one day, the menorah stayed lit for eight days. Continue reading
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We’re celebrating the holiday season with a brand new Hanukkah dinner menu that includes a signature Grapefruit Smash cocktail, homemade Olive Oil Cornmeal Crackers, Spatchcocked Chicken, Coconut and Pineapple Custard Cake and more.
Get a taste of the exclusive Hanukkah-inspired menu below with our Carrot Potato Latkes then download the free Gourmet Live app to complete your festive spread.
Carrot Potato Latkes by Melissa Roberts
Makes 24 latkes
Active time: 1 hr / Total time: 1 hr
- 3/4 lb carrots (4 medium)
- 1 1/2 lbs russet (baking) potatoes (about 3)
- 1 large onion
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2/3 cup all purpose flour
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup vegetable oil