Happy Hanukkah!

Music: Mew – Introducing Palace Players

In honor of the first day of Hanukkah, we made latkes and applesauce.  We did this the same night we continued to decorate our Christmas tree…you know, the one adorned with Tibetan prayer flags?  That’s what happens when you have a MA in multicultural education (I promise you I am mocking myself.  Actually, I’d be shamed if any of my colleagues knew we did that – it’s a very dated educational tactic to include only celebrations in your multicultural exploration).

Regardless, these leek and potato pancakes were GREAT and we hope you enjoy them.

What you’ll need for the latkes:

8 potatoes shredded (I used a box grater but your food processor can do this too), 2 small chopped leeks, 1 small chopped onion, salt & pepper, 2 eggs, 2 tbsp. flour, vegetable oil (about ½ cup total).

  • Peel, wash and shred potatoes.
  • Put potatoes in a large bowl and cover with cold water.  Strain after 5 minutes and pat dry (or as dry as you can…this is a labor of love).
  • Wash and chop leeks and onions.
  • In large fry pan, cook leeks and onions (separately) over medium heat. Set aside in bowl.

  • When potatoes are dried, mix together with leeks and onions.

  • Add salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, gently beat two eggs and incorporate into potato mixture.
  • Add flour and mix.

  • In large fry pan, heat oil (so that there is about ½ inch in the pan).
  • With your hands form small patties with potato mixture (about 8 inches around).
  • Place on fry pan and cook in oil for 5-6 minutes on each side until golden brown.

  • Depending on the amount of latkes you make, you may have to replenish you oil in the pan.

What you’ll need for the applesauce:

4 apples (I used a real mix – I don’t even know what they were, they were just in my fridge), 1 cup of water, 3 tbsp. of sugar, ½ tsp. of cinnamon, ¼ tsp. cloves, ¼ tsp. nutmeg, 1 tsp. of grated orange peel if you have it.

  • Peel, core and cut apples into slices.

  • Add apples to small pot.
  • Add water, sugar, spices, and orange zest.

  • On high heat, let apples boil.
  • Lower heat and let apples simmer until they become mushy.

  • Let cool in separate bowl.
  • Store in refrigerator until ready to eat.


Filed under Food Anecdotes, Kitchen Things, Potatoes, Recipes

2 responses to “Happy Hanukkah!

  1. WOW!!! I have to stop coming here. It’s distracting……in a good way. Next thing you know I’ll be adding recipes to my book, Plenty. These latkes look delicious and bring fond memories. Love the photos along the way. They’re important for a recipe where consistency is everything. Since the applesauce is ready, how about blintzes next? C’mon, it’s holiday season.

  2. Yum, blintzes…good idea! Really looking forward to the book!

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