Happy Hanukah/Hanukkah/Chanukah/Chanukkah/Hannukkah Latkes!…and a video

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Happy Hanukah / Hanukkah / Chanukah / Chanukkah / Hannukkah! However you spell it, if you celebrate, I hope your 8 days are warm and bright. *Up until this year, I had never made real Hanukah latkes from scratch. One year I made Eating Well’s muffin tin latkes, but baked latkes just aren’t the same. They’re supposed to be fried! I think last year I bought Trader Joe’s frozen latkes.

This year I had good intentions of hand-shredding my potatoes, but at the last minute, a chef I work with donated 1.5 pounds of pre-shredded frozen potatoes (aka hash browns) to my latke cause, which saved me loads of time in the kitchen. I used this vegan latke recipe from VegNews with fingers crossed that they’d hold together without the egg. Success! While they were a bit fragile, there’s nothing 15 minutes frying in oil won’t hold together. I did add one egg replacer to the mix, but I don’t really think it made a difference.

We had a Hanukah feast with the latkes topped with applesauce, salmon burgers from Wegmans and a side salad.

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We lit the candles. (We never know which way you’re supposed to light them – left to right? Right to left? Help!)

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And enjoyed some chocolate gelt. Funk said he got the very last bag of chocolate gelt at the CVS in our neighborhood, which I consider to be a huge feat! We live in Brookline, after all, where there are more menorahs than Christmas trees. When he told me this, I started imagining Funk fighting off the crowds at CVS to bring home the very last bag of Hanukah gelt, sort of how I imagine people must fight over the last Wii or Xbox or toy-of-the-year at Wal-Mart on Black Friday.

Then we exchanged gifts. I realize now that we’re married, it’s not as much of a surprise to wonder what you’re getting as a gift when you share the same credit card. Regardless, Funk loves his new Kindle Fire and I love my new camera lens that will hopefully help me take better pictures in our low-light kitchen (once I figure out how the heck to use it).

*Side note – I checked my blog archives and apparently one year I DID make real latkes! But I used an egg.

Tell me – are you an applesauce or sour cream latke topper?

One more thing…this may be my corniest video yet. Happy Holidays!!!


7 Comments

  1. Posted December 23, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Candles are placed in the menorah from right to left, and light them left to right.

  2. Janel
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! Happy Hanukah!

  3. Robin
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Tried a recipe for latkes using Tahini instead of eggs and they came out great! Yours look mighty yummy. Happy Chanukah!

  4. Janel
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    That’s so interesting! I’ll have to remember tahini for next time. Did it have an overpowering tahini taste once you fry them?

  5. Posted December 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a great Hanukah! So glad you had fun!
    That video is cute! 🙂

  6. Posted December 27, 2011 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Try using sweet potatoes and different root veggies in the latkas. Much tastier. I also add a touch of cumin and parsley. You will see, it makes them delish!

  7. Janel
    Posted December 27, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Love sweet potatoes! Will do.

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