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Latkes - Pancakes

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, guacamole, cheese and even tuna latkes.

Curried Sweet Potato Latkes (Pareve)
A recipe for curried sweet potato latkes

Purple & White Potato Latkes

Potato Latkes with Ras el Hanout

Traditional Hanukkah Potato Latkes (Parve)
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.

Crunchy Potato Latkes (Parve)
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.

Cauliflower Latkas (Parve)
These Cauliflower Latkas are perfect for Hanukkah or Passover. They are healthier and more low-carb than traditional Potato Pancakes. They are also easier to prepare than Potato Latkas. And, personally, I think they are more tasty. For an even healthier touch, add steamed and mashed broccoli to the pancake batter to create cauliflower-broccoli vegetable latkas for a nutritious Jewish holi…

Cottage Cheese Pancakes (Dairy)
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.

Leek Latkes (Parve)
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 or mashing 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 Hanukka…

Low-carb, Low-fat Cabbage Latkes (Parve)
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.

Low-carb, Low-fat Cauliflower Latkes (Parve)
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.

Pumpkin Latkes (Parve)
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.

Tuna Patties (Parve)
Naomi Muller's Tuna Patties call for just seven ingredients, all of which are likely to be sitting in your pantry at any time. The patties are easy to make, healthy and tasty enough to please your children.

Vegetable Latkes (Parve)
One way to make your traditional Potato Latkes more colorful, festive and delicious is to add grated carrot and zucchini to the batter. We like to serve these Vegetable Latkes at our annual Hanukkah party.

About Busy Cooks: Potato Latkes
About Guide to Busy Cooks provides a "simple and hearty" recipe for crisp potato latkes that is perfect for Hanukkah.

About Eastern European Food: Fat-Free Potato Latkes
Potato pancakes, also known as placki kartoflane or latkes are usually fried, but in this favorite Hanukkah food, the pancakes are made with egg whites and baked. That means a guilt-free indulgence -- 0 grams fat and only 65 calories per pancake.

About Eastern European Food: Potato Pancakes
I've come to love Jewish latkes infused with onion or garlic and served with sour cream and applesauce. Although the flavor and texture will be decidedly different, you can really save time by using thawed and drained frozen hash browns. Just mix them with the remaining ingredients and eliminate the food processor.

About Home Cooking: Carrot and Parsnip Latkes
This unique latkes recipe, made from two especially tasty vegetables, comes from Joan Nathan's Jewish Cooking in America.

About Home Cooking: Cauliflower Latkes
Here's an interesting twist on potato latkes. Use steamed cauliflower instead of potatoes and spice them up a bit with seasoned bread crumbs and herbs, then sweeten with carmelized onions.

About Low Fat Cooking: Low Fat Potato Latkes
About.com Guide to Low Fat Cooking shares her secrets for making delicious low fat potato pancakes for Hanukkah. In her recipe egg whites are used instead of whole eggs, and the latkes are baked rather than fried.

About Vegetarian Cuisine: Vegan Latke Recipe
This vegan latke recipe uses an egg replacer to make traditional potato pancakes.

About.com Video: How to Make Low Fat Potato Pancakes
Rachel Edelman demonstrates how to make a healthy version of potato pancakes by baking them instead of frying them.

Aish.com: Latkes Galore
Aish.com offers creative potato pancake recipes, such as Potato-Beet Latkes, Cheese Latkes, Chanukah "Light" Latkes, and Tuna Latkes.

Aish.com: Susie Fishbein's Chanukah Specialties
Susie Fishbein's shares her special latkes recipes - Cajun Sweet Potato Latkes and Guacamole Latkes - from her book Kosher by Design Entertains. A recipe for Beignets Dairy, fried dough balls, is also included.

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