Latkes Recipes

Fried Potato Pancakes, called Latkes in Yiddish and Levivot in Hebrew, are the most popular Hanukkah food. While traditional latkes are made from potatoes, today one can find many creative twists to the traditional latkes recipe. They include sweet potato, cauliflower, broccoli, leek, cheese and even tuna latkes.
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    Potato pancakes
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    Fried food is traditionally eaten on Hanukkah in commemoration of the oil that miraculously burned for eight days when the Maccabees purified and rededicated the holy Temple in Jerusalem. Fried Potato Pancakes (called Latkes in Yiddish and Levivot in Hebrew) are the holiday favorite.
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    Crunchy Old-Fashioned Potato Pancakes (parve)

    Jamie Geller's Latkes
    Jamie Geller's Latkes.
    Jamie Geller, author of Quick and Kosher Recipes from the Bride Who Knew Nothing, contributed this latkes potato pancakes recipe for Hanukkah. Her grandfather gave her the recipe. The latkes, with no non-essential ingredients, are crunchy, light and taste like they did in the old country.
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    Cottage Cheese Latkes (dairy)

    Cottage Cheese Pancakes - Cheese Latkes
    Cottage Cheese Pancakes - Cheese Latkes. Giora Shimoni

    During the week of Hanukkah, serve these Cottage Cheese Pancakes (Cheese Latkes) for dinner one night. Your family will enjoy this main dish version of the traditional Hanukkah Potato Latkes side dish.

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    Leek Latkes for Hanukkah
    Leek Latkes for Hanukkah. Giora Shimoni

    In my experimenting with a variety of different vegetables for Hanukkah latkes, my wife decided that these Leek Latkes take first prize. They look fancy, but they are easier to make than traditional Potato Latkes as no food processor is needed. And of course they are lower in carbohydrates and healthier than potato pancakes. So treat the adults at your Hanukkah party a special Hanukkah latke this year with these delicious Leek Latkes.