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?
After returning from a jazz show in the wee hours of the morning this past weekend, my stomach acted out accordingly, grumbling a disconcerting melodic riff. With a pantry running low, and my energy even lower, I turned to my griddle and my favorite foolproof Cottage Cheese Pancake recipe. I’m not sure this counted as an exceptionally late midnight snack, the earliest breakfast I’ve ever eaten, or a prelude to shrove Tuesday, but no matter the time of day, pancakes are versatile enough fit the bill and fill the stomach.
Try sweet kernel-speckled Fresh Corn Pancakes served with salsa, sour cream, or guacamole for a zesty, yet comforting dinner. If you like your pancakes with a little crunch and even more spice, Sweet-Potato and Kimchi Pancakes are pan-fried like latkes, but are fragrant and flavorful with a kick from pungent pickled cabbage and Korean chile powder.
For and elegant way to sneak pancakes into your next dinner party menu, try Caviar and Salmon Blini Tortes, which artfully layer buckwheat cakes, creamy egg salad, and rich smoked salmon with a dollop of trout roe.
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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
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 hrIngredients:
- 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