I made my first latkes for my family a few years ago at Hanukkah. My husband is Jewish, and I am Catholic, and part of our holiday traditions now include celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah so that our kids are exposed to both of their parents’ cultures and family traditions. I absolutely love it. I love learning about religious and cultural traditions and especially love learning about the food involved with those traditions.
Latkes are traditionally made with a blend of shredded potato, onion, flour and egg and fried in a shallow amount of oil to become “potato pancakes.” They can be served savory, topped with a sprinkle of kosher salt and dollop of sour cream … or on the sweeter side with a spoonful or two of applesauce. I’ve had them both ways, and it’s hard to pick a favorite in my opinion. Latkes are traditionally served during the festival of Hanukkah as the the oil they are fried in symbolizes the oil that fueled the flame in the Hanukkah story.
As with most traditional foods, there is always room to experiment with new versions of your favorite recipes. Enjoy this collection of mouthwatering latke recipes from around the web.
Sweet Potato Pancakes 1 of 8A perfect blend of sweet potatoes and white potatoes, served with sour cream and applesauce.
Make sweet potato pancakes
Cilantro-Jalapeno Latkes with Chipotle Sour Cream 2 of 8I know I would enjoy these kicked up latkes!
Make these cilantro-jalapeno latkes from Cooking Light
Herbed Yukon Gold Potato Latkes 3 of 8Turn latkes into an elegant appetizer this holiday season.
Make these herbed yukon gold potato latkes from Sunset
Curried Butternut Squash and Potato Latkes 4 of 8Not so traditional but oh so delicious!.
Make these curried butternut squash and potato latkes from Meet Me In The Kitchen
Parmesan Potato Pancake 5 of 8Leave it to Giada to put an Italian twist on latkes! I love the addition of nutty parmesan cheese.
Make these parmesan potato pancakes from Food Network
Potato Latkes 6 of 8Simple and classic potato latkes for Hanukkah.
Make grown up potato latkes
Scallion Potato Pancakes 7 of 8Enjoy these simple scallion potato pancakes any night of the week!
Make these scallion potato pancakes from Delicious Dishings
Curried Sweet Potato Pancakes 8 of 8Sweet potatoes combined with the sweet spicy flavor of curry, fried to perfection.
Make curried sweet potato pancakes
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Photo Credit: John Autry, MyRecipes.com