You do not have to be Jewish to enjoy good latkes for Hanukkah (also referred to as Chanukah). If you haven’t ever tried one, you are missing out on some serious fried potato goodness. My husband is Jewish and I started making latkes for our family at Hanukkah time just a few years ago…and since then it’s something we really look forward to every year. For us it’s become an event, I get my husband in the kitchen shredding potatoes and my kids sit on their stools watching and waiting. This year we are going to have some of my husband’s family over for a traditional brisket and latkes dinner and I’m really looking forward to it.
Samantha Ferrraro of The Little Ferraro Kitchen shares wonderful tips and detailed instructions (and photos) that she learned from her mom who’s been making latkes for her family since Samantha was a little girl in Brooklyn. If you are a latkes novice (like I once was), I’m pretty sure you will find that her advice and recipe will give you exactly what you need to get yourself in the kitchen to make your own latkes this year.
A few key tips that Samantha shares to help make your latkes extra delicious are:
- Make sure you squeeze as much water out of shredded potatoes as possible
- Canola oil is a good choice for frying and make sure oil is hot before frying
- Use even measuring before scooping mixture into the pan
Enjoy and Happy Hanukkah!
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Photo Credit: The Little Ferraro Kitchen