Hanukkah – The Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish Holiday beginning on the 25th day of the month of Kislev, which falls anytime from late November to late December. The festival is observed in Jewish homes by the kindling of lights on each night of the holiday. Hanukkah is an important time to show gratitude towards and spend time with friends. The Hanukkah season is a symbol of hope for many families as they gather for 8 days with songs, prayer, good food, games and candle lighting. Hanukkah is a holiday that illustrates the importance of our history. We need to talk to our relatives, do a little digging and maybe create a family tree or a family history album. There is no better way to engage the whole family in an interesting way! I think it is so important that we gather with our loved ones, share our gratitude, engage in our traditions, and eat delicious food! Here is an amazing, traditional potato latke recipe for all of us to enjoy with our families:
1 pound potatoes
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil
***Accompaniments: sour cream and applesauce
Preheat oven to 250°F.Peel potatoes and coarsely grate by hand, transferring to a large bowl of cold water as grated. Soak potatoes 1 to 2 minutes after last batch is added to water, then drain well in a colander. Spread grated potatoes and onion on a kitchen towel and roll up jelly-roll style. Twist towel tightly to wring out as much liquid as possible. Transfer potato mixture to a bowl and stir in egg and salt..Heat 1/4 cup oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches of 4 latkes, spoon 2 tablespoons potato mixture per latke into skillet, spreading into 3-inch rounds with a fork. Reduce heat to moderate and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes. Turn latkes over and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to paper towels to drain and season with salt. Add more oil to skillet as needed. Keep latkes warm on a wire rack set in a shallow baking pan in oven.
·Latkes may be made up to 8 hours ahead. Reheat on a rack set over a baking sheet in a 350°F oven, about 5 minutes.
·Grating the potatoes, soaking them briefly in water, and then squeezing out the liquid (as we’ve done here) keeps the batter from turning brown too quickly.
Please enjoy this amazing recipe. Latke’s are one of my favorite healthy indulgence during the holiday season. Make some and enjoy with family and friends. Always be grateful and enjoy!