Friday night, we first light the menorahs and then the Sabbath candles.
I want to share with you a few of my latke recipes. Latkes are pancakes but not exactly what you may think. We cook them in oil to remember the menorah that stayed lit for eight days, yet was not enough, for one day. One of the miracles of Chanukah – read about it.
Some of the recipes, I posted on my blog turned out to be delicious and I want to share them with you.
First, the most famous kind of latke, potato latke.
4 medium potatoes, peeled
2 medium onions
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
Vegetable oil, for frying
Using food processor, coarsely grate the potatoes and onions. (This can be done by hand.)
Put the grated potatoes and onions together in cheesecloth or a tea towel and twist it to squeeze out the excess liquid. (I put it in a colander and push down on the potatoes. The water comes out quickly.)
Put the dry potatoes and onions in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
Fold in the egg whites to bind the mixture together.
Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and coat with 1/4-inch of oil.
For each pancake, take about 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture and drop into the hot oil; gently flatten with a spatula so they fry up thin and crispy.
Fry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden. (My only objection to this recipe is the amount of oil that is needed. Of course, for Chanukah, the whole point is to use the oil.)
Remove to paper towels to drain; season with salt while the potato pancakes are still hot.
Continue frying, adding more oil as needed, until all of the mixture is used up.
Serve immediately with apple sauce, if desired. (This does not remain crispy if you make it ahead of time. For the best results, cook and eat right away.)
Yield: about 20 (4-inch) pancakes
Cheese Latkes are out of this world good. Try them for breakfast.
1 cup milk
1 cup cottage cheese, drained
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup oil for frying
Place all the ingredients except oil together in a large bowl. Mix until smooth.
Heat 1/2 cup oil in a skillet.
Fry 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until lightly browned. Continue until batter is used up, adding oil when necessary.
Puzzle Pancakes Above
The latkes may be served topped with sour cream, applesauce or maple syrup. (I went for the maple syrup. Hubby ate them plain.)
I found this recipe on Goldmine.com, it comes from one of my favorite cookbooks and chances are that I have made these, several times, over the years. The book is a big purple hard covered book which is well worn and it is called, Spice and Spirit, The Complete Kosher Cookbook.
For jelly doughnut recipe and other foods and information, check here.
So in that spirit here is a Chanukah menu suggestions. It is a meat meal so you are spared the gory allusions and the oil is used for frying the latkes but you must have a million recipes for those…Enjoy! (For more Chanukah recipes, please visit http://www.gourmetkoshercooking.com)
1 5 pound shoulder roast
2 tablespoons oil (I guess this counts for Chanukah also)
4 onions, sliced
4 carrots, cut into large chunks
4 stalks celery, cut into large pieces
8 whole garlic cloves, peeled
1 cup red wine
2 cups chicken stock
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sear shoulder roast in oil until all parts are brown and place in large roasting pan. Briefly sauté the onions, carrots, celery and garlic, and then pour over the roast. Add the wine and chicken stock and cover with heavy duty foil. Bake for 3 to 4 hours. Let stand about ½ hour before slicing.
This is delicious and healthy – no sugar added. My kids love to have this all year round when they come home from school.
10 apples (Granny Smith and any others you have lying around), cut into chunks
2 pears, cut into chunks
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ cup water
Broccoli-Mushroom Noodle Kugel
1 (32 ounce) bag frozen broccoli, defrosted
1 (32 ounce) box Portobello mushroom soup
1 (14 ounce) can, mushroom pieces, drained
2 (10 ounce) bags egg noodles, cooked and drained
½ cup Panko or other bread crumbs
2 tablespoons margarine, broken up into small pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine first 5 ingredients and mix well. Pour into 9 x 13-inch pan. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and dot with margarine. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Pretty Pomegranate and Mandarin Orange Salad
1 head romaine, cut or ripped into small pieces
red onion, diced (optional – I’m not a big raw onion fan but I know others are)
½ cup silvered almonds or cashew pieces, toasted
1 avocado, diced
1 small can mandarin oranges, drained
Seeds of one pomegranate
1 cup oil
2/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Whisk together dressing and toss with all salad ingredients.
These are the traditional cut-out cookies. You can use special Chanukah-theme cookie cutters (menorahs, dreidels), aleph-beis cookie cutters or the shapes of your choice.
1 cup (2 sticks) margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
With permission from Aish.com