Thursday, December 2, 2010

Latkes, Latkes Good to Eat

image via epicurious

Did you know that Hanukkah began last night? As Christians, we feel an important connection to the roots we share with Judaism. We love teaching our children about Hanukkah and reading Hanukkah childrens' stories to them. This year, Blaine and Rog can't get enough of the book Latkes, Latkes Good to Eat by Naomi Howland, and Blaine has been waiting patiently for Hanukkah to begin so we can feast on some latkes of our own.

I just can't say enough about how important it is to teach our children about a variety of cultural traditions. And it's all the more fun when they are tasty traditions. :)

Hanukkah ends December 9th this year. Enjoy hot latkes while you can...

The Recipe (as shared in the book):

3 large potatoes (about 1 pound)
2 eggs
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 T finely chopped parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
3 T flour
vegetable oil

1. Peel the potatoes and rinse them in cold water. Grate very fine. Place the grated potatoes in a colander and run cold water over them. (This will keep the potatoes from turning dark.) Using your hands, squeeze out all the water.
2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add the onion, parsley, salt, pepper, and flour. Stir. Add grated potatoes and mix well.
3. Heat a small amount of oil to sizzling in a large frying pan. Drop pancake mixture by the soupspoonful into oil and flatten slightly. Cook until golden brown underneath, turn, and cook on the other side till browned.
4. Eat while still tender but crisp! Latkes are traditionally served with applesauce and/or sour cream.

The Book:


Christina said...

We were reading Lemony Snicket's Latke book today and now we're going to try out your recipe - thanks!

Hannah said...

Yum, latkes.
Is that an alternative spelling for the holiday? I'm only familiar with Chanukah or Hanukkah, but am curious if there's another variation I haven't seen (maybe one from that book?).

Bloom said...


Oh my gosh, thank you for pointing out my spelling error! No, that is not an alternate spelling, that is my pregnant brain at work! I've gone back and fixed it up!


Colleen said...

Oh, I love latkes and have had them on my mind for a few days. I will be trying out this recipe this weekend. Thanks for sharing!