Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, is celebrated in the wintertime by lighting a menorah, reciting special prayers, cooking and eating symbolic foods, and more. The celebration commemorates the liberation of Jewish people from religious persecution around 164 B.C.
The miracle of Hanukkah refers to the rededication of the Second Temple. It’s believed that even though there was only enough oil to keep the menorah’s candles lit for 1 day, the flames burned for 8 nights. To honor this miracle, many families cook and eat latkes, which are savory potato pancakes fried in oil.
We joined Jacob S., an Experience Team Associate Manager, and his abba (dad in Hebrew), Rabbi Steve, to learn how to make their family’s latkes recipe. Let’s dig into this crispy, crunchy classic!
Jacob’s Hanukkah Latkes
2 potatoes, washed and peeled
2 white onions, washed and peeled
1/4 cup matzo meal
Vegetable oil, for frying
Salt and pepper to taste
Applesauce and sour cream, for serving
Cinnamon, for garnish
1. Slice potatoes and onions in half.
2. Using a food processor, shred the potatoes and onions and add to a large mixing bowl.
3. Add matzo meal, eggs, salt, and pepper. Using your hands, mix together until combined.
4. Add vegetable oil to a cast-iron skillet or pan over medium heat until simmering.
5. Using a slotted spoon, add dollops of the mixture to the pan and press lightly with a spatula. Let cook for 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
6. Serve warm with applesauce and sour cream, or your choice of toppings, and enjoy!
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