Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Celebrate Hanukkah with Latkes
Photo by Ray Kugler, Associated Press
I didn't want today to rush by without wishing you a Happy Hanukkah. While the Festival of Lights is considered a minor holiday for the Jewish people, it has such a beauty of spirit - the rededication and the menorah's light in the darkness has always moved me.
My memories of childhood Hanukkah's spent at my friend's table are everlasting. Much has been written of the Jewish-Maccabean victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C. But Hanukkah is not about a the military victory per se but about the rededication of the Temple and the miracle of the oil. Read more about it here.
Photo by Larry Crowe, Associated Press
Because of the significance of the miraculous oil, the Hanukkah table is graced with foods fried in oil. Hanukkah favorites are the latkes. Below is a listing of latkes for all tastes: the traditional, the sweet, the fruit, the oven-baked, the gluten-free.
Apple Latkes - Smitten Kitchen has a sweetly-spiced version of latkes complete with a decadent caramel sauce
Baked Latkes - traditional but baked in the oven to a crsipy texture
Carrot latkes - an original featuring carrots and tomato sauce
Gluten-Free Latkes - A low-fat latkes recipe that replaces flour with potato flakes
Orange and Vanilla Sweet Cheese Latkes - part breakfast food and part dessert
Potato Latkes - the traditional, classic recipe
Ratatouille Latkes - the classic French recipe using eggplant, squash and peppers rolled into a latke
Sweet Potato, Oven-baked Latkes - uses sweet potatoes and baked in the oven for a more healthy latke
Vegetable Latkes -made with potatoes and colorful vegetables such as carrots and zucchini
Zucchini-Parmesan Latkes - Latkes go a wee bit Italian in this recipe
I usually opt for the traditional - I have a traditional gene that affects my choices. Not surprisingly, tonight I will be making the Zucchini-Parmesan latkes. Happy Hanukkah!