How do you feel about potato latkes? We like them a-latke! (That was pretty good, right?) Whether you’re just starting out or looking to up your latke-making game, we’ve got a whole LOTTA latke knowledge to share. So crank up your favorite Hanukkah tunes and let's get cooking!
WHY DO WE EAT LATKES?
In the Hanukkah story one tiny jar of oil keeps the lamps burning for eight full nights. Since Hanukkah celebrates this miracle, it's traditional to eat foods fried in oil as part of the festivities. Learn more and watch some latke-making experts in the video below:
Looking for a story to pair with your cooking activity? Here are some PJ Library books that feature latkes:
Latkes and Applesauce
The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes
The Golem's Latkes
Latkes, Latkes Good to Eat
The Runaway Latkes
Once you’ve got the basics down latkes are luckily pretty easy to master. These tasty, carb-tastic treats also make a good go-to breakfast, brunch, or breakfast for dinner, fill-in any time of year. We’ve posted some great basic recipes below and if you need extra help, don’t forget to check out these 10 latke-making tips.
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If this is your first foray into latke-making you can't go wrong with the basics. Just don't forget the salt!
This allergen-friendly baked recipe is surprisingly easy to make and will ensure that everyone can feel included in your latke making party.
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Once you’ve got a handle on the basic latkes, try this more decadent version. If you need a non-dairy substitute try drained firm tofu marinated in lemon juice in place of the ricotta.
Once you’ve mastered latke basics and you’re feeling adventurous, use one of these recipes to kick your pancakes up a notch or two or three!
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Everyone likes pizza! You really can’t go wrong with this recipe and your kids will love helping sprinkle cheese and toppings.
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These are not your Mom and Dad’s latkes. Spicy fermented kimchi and gooey cheese pair well in a grilled potato sandwich. This is comfort food times twenty. For another cross-cultural interpretation, try these latke nachos.
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This recipe is great for two reasons: 1. It’s a no-fry recipe so you don’t have to stress about a big pot of hot oil frying as kids run around, and 2. This is a fantastic way to sneak some veggies to the picky eater in your family.
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We totally understand if you want to make these a “grownups only” offering. Seriously, we get it.
Latke Bar With Fixins
A fun idea for a big get together or just a regular family dinner. Make a bunch of latkes and put out all sorts of toppings so everyone can dress up their latkes however they like.
Do you love latkes? Sure you do, who doesn’t? Grab more creative latke recipes at What Jew Wanna Eat and keep posted to our blog and Facebook page for more Hanukkah recipes and "Cooking With PJ Library" fun.
Find Hanukkah activities, recipes, story ideas, and more on the PJ Library Hanukkah hub
December 5, 2016