Fried potato pancakes, called latkes in Yiddish and levivot in Hebrew, are the most popular Hanukkah food for Jewish families. While traditional latkes are made from potatoes, today you can find many creative twists to the traditional latkes recipe. They include sweet potato, cauliflower, broccoli, leek, zucchini, and many other variations. Traditional latkes are parve, meaning they can be served with either a meat or dairy meal. But some variations include dairy and can only be served with a... dairy meal.
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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. This recipe uses a food processor and makes a smooth potato puree, but you may choose instead to shred the potatoes for more texture.
02 of 07
Latkes traditionally use eggs as a binder, but if you are vegan you will need to modify the usual recipe. This version uses a vegan egg substitute. The result should please your family and satisfy those who are eliminating animal products from their diet. If you want a bit of color and some added vegetables, shred some carrots into the mix and add herbs such as parsley and sage for more flavor.
03 of 07
In experimenting with a variety of different vegetables for Hanukkah latkes, 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. They are lower in carbohydrates and healthier than potato pancakes. Treat the adults at your Hanukkah party a special Hanukkah latke this year with these delicious leek latkes.
04 of 07
Cauliflower has become a popular potato substitute, and it's no surprise that you can use it for making latkes. It's green cousin, broccoli, can also be used in combination for this nutrition-packed version of the pancakes. If you want to add more flavor, include some Indian or Middle Eastern spices and top it with a dab of chutney instead of sour cream.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Sweet potatoes marry well with curry spices for a latke that is bursting with flavor. If your family prefers the spices of the Levant and India, these sweet potato latkes will be a great side dish to include in your meal. This recipe uses coconut milk to keep it parve.
06 of 07
While your garden probably isn't bursting with zucchini for Hanukkah, you are likely to still find them in the supermarket. Or, keep this recipe handy for summer bounty. When you're stumped for what to do with this easily-grown vegetable, shred it and add Parmesan cheese, basil, and binding ingredients. One trick is to let the shredded zucchini drain for an hour or more to remove the moisture before adding the other ingredients and frying the latkes.
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You can use this recipe to sneak more vegetables into the family celebration. Those who disdain broccoli when they see the green florets are likely to find this version very appetizing. As broccoli is a winter vegetable, it goes well at Hanukkah if you are trying to eat seasonally.