Click through the slides to view 8 latke recipes for Hanukkah!
Jews traditionally eat latkes during Hanukkah. Latkes are potato pancakes that are fried until crispy.
The tradition of eating latkes has only been around since the late 16th century—before then, the potato was not known to most of the world! Some say that the original latke was made of grated cheese fried in oil. “Latke” is derived from the Russian/Ukrainian word “latka,” which means “patch,” describing how the grated potatoes are patched together when fried.
The oil in which the latkes are fried is symbolic of the miracle of Hanukkah, since a day’s supply of oil burned for eight days.
The ingredients are usually grated potatoes, flour, and eggs. Onions and garlic are optional. Traditional toppings include sour cream, applesauce, cheeses, and jams, but if you want to fancy it up, then serve with caviar and lox or smoked fish.
We have put together a gallery of all our eight favorite kinds of latkes, one for each night of Hanukkah! Enjoy your latkes any way you please! Hanukkah starts soon so start grating those potatoes!
Happy Hanukkah everyone!