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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.

1. Traditional Potato Latkes (parve)

Fried Potato Pancakes Latkas for Hanukkah
Giora Shimoni
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.

2. Crunchy Old-Fashioned Potato Pancakes (parve)

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.

3. Cottage Cheese Latkes (dairy)

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.

4. Leek Latkes (parve)

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.

5. Cauliflower Latkes (parve)

Cauliflower Pancakes for Hanukkah
Giora Shimoni
These Cauliflower Latkes are perfect for Hanukkah. They are healthier and lower in carbohydrates than traditional Potato Pancakes. They are also easier to prepare than Potato Latkes. And in my humble opinion they are tastier too.

6. Low-Carb, Low-Fat Cauliflower Latkes (parve)

Nechama Cohen's Low-Carb Vegetable Latkes
Feldheim Publishers
Nechama Cohen, Founder and Executive Director of the Jewish Diabetes Association (JDA) and author of EnLITEned Kosher Cooking, shares this low-carb, low-fat recipe for Cauliflower Latkes (Pancakes). Enjoy a healthy Hanukkah by preparing these Cauliflower Latkes instead of high-carb Potato Latkes.

7. Lite Cabbage Latkes (parve)

Nechama Cohen's Low-Carb Vegetable Latkes
Feldheim Publishers
Nechama Cohen, Founder and Executive Director of the Jewish Diabetes Association (JDA) and author of EnLITEned Kosher Cooking, shares this low-carb, low-fat recipe for Cabbage Latkes (Pancakes). Enjoy a healthy Hanukkah by preparing these Cabbage Latkes instead of fried Potato Latkes.

8. Pumpkin Pancakes (parve)

Pumpkin Pancakes
Giora Shimoni
Pumpkin, an autumn vegetable, is traditionally eaten by Sephardic Jews on the Jewish New Year. The word for pumpkin is "qara" which means "to call out." Some Jews recite a prayer at the Rosh Hashanah meal asking that their good deeds be "called out" before God at this time of judgment. These Pumpkin Pancakes can be served at the Rosh Hashanah meal or any fall meal.

9. Tuna Latkes (parve)

Naomi Muller's Tuna Patties
Giora Shimoni
Naomi Muller's Tuna Patties call for just seven ingredients, all of which are likely to be sitting in your pantry at any time. I don't actually use her measurements when I make these. I add a lot more potato and a lot less garlic. I also fry in canola oil. These are a nice twist when you're tired of serving the same-old for dinner.

10. Video: How to Make Baked Potato Pancakes

Video - Baked Potato Pancakes for Hanukkah
Rachel Edelman demonstrates how to make a healthy version of potato pancakes by baking them instead of frying them.
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