Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Chanukah Round-Up: Latke Recipes Galore!

Chanukah starts tonight.
Wait, what?
Yeah, it caught me off-guard this year, too. In any case, here's a round-up of your delightful latke recipes! There are few things more wonderful than fried potatoes. Scroll down to the end to see a few non-latke recipes. Most of these are actually from past years as it doesn't look like too many Chanukah posts have popped up yet this year, but if you do post something later this week, let me know so I can add it to the round-up!

First, I want to highlight Kosher Blog, which gives us a bit of lesser known Chanukah trivia in addition to recipes. "Most Jews are aware of the custom to eat fried foods on Chanukah, in commemoration of the miracle of the oil related in the Talmud," writes 'elf' in a 2005 post. "Far fewer are familiar with the custom of eating dairy products, especially cheese...the cheese eaten on Chanukah recalls the milk that the heroine Judith served to a Greek general (presumably during the Hasmonean revolt) in order to make him sleepy and give her the opportunity to put him to death." Whoa! That's not included in the Chanukah story I know. Anyway, that post continues with a lovely recipe for cheese latkes (zeesih kaese latkes) that includes one pound of cottage, pot, or ricotta cheese. Kosher Blog also provides a potato latke master recipe and even suggests frying them in duck fat.

Some recipes on the more traditional side:
Baked Latkes (Erin Cooks) - not fried!
Latke recipe and a sweet potato/butternut squash variation (Cara's Cravings) - scroll down the page a bit to find the recipe
Latkes (A Year From Scratch)
Latkes (Basic Eating
Potato Latkes (Delicious Dishings) - with scallions and parsley
Potato Latkes (and a sweet potato variation) (Good Cook Doris)
Potato Latkes by Lara Zelman (Good Cook Doris)

A little bit less traditional:
Baked Sweet Potato Latkes (Erin Cooks) 
Cumin-Scented Beet Latkes (Fun and Fearless in Beantown)
Honey-Ginger Carrot and Parsnip Latkes (How To Make Burnt Toast)
Spiced Cauliflower Latkes (Cara's Cravings)
Sweet Potato Latkes (Hungry Bruno)
Sweet Potato Latkes with Pink Apple Sauce (Grow. Cook. Eat.)
Baked Sweet Potato Latkes by Erin Nichols (Erin Cooks)

Cumin-Scented Beet Latkes (Fun and Fearless in Beantown)

A lot less traditional:
Bacon "Latkes" (The Food Monkey)
Potato Latkes topped with Kosher-for-Passover Eggs Benedict (Rooftop Gourmet)

Things that aren't called latkes but are still pretty latke-like:
Boxty (Fearless Kitchen)
Leek Fritters with Romesco Sauce (The Chef de Plunge)
Root vegetable râpés (La Tartine Gourmande)

And assorted non-latke Chanukah recipes:
Baked Jelly Donuts (Soufganiyot) (The Hungry Mouse)
Cranberry Raspberry Rugelach (Doves and Figs)
Red Bean and Ginger Sufganiyot (jelly donuts) (Doves and Figs)

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