Latkes for Hanukkah
by The Culinistas
Latkes are an iconic Hanukkah treat and arguably one of the best ways to eat potatoes, whether you celebrate or not! Every family has their own recipe and take on the classic potato latke. But it typically involves a shredded potato and onion mixture combined with potato starch or flour, egg, and seasonings fried in oil over high heat until crispy and delicious. Dipping is most definitely required, applesauce and sour cream should be present to do so.
Our take on the classic latke involves packing in the veggies. Zucchini is readily available at the market these days (and pretty much all days!) and is the perfect substitute or addition for potato. The key here is to almost cure the zucchini beforehand, meaning after you grate it up, salt it, let it rest, and then squeeze all the water out to ensure firmness when frying. Carrot latkes are also an excellent option, if using carrots, make sure to season with earthy warm spices like cumin to offset the sweetness of the carrot.
For your own latke party, we recommend both a potato option and either carrot or zucchini, to keep things interesting. Happy Hanukkah hosting!
A special thanks to Nadia Agsen for the beautiful photograph.