Beyond the latke

Some Hanukka dishes to break out of the same old latke and doughnut traditions.

December 18, 2011 11:10
2 minute read.
 ’Faye Levy’s International Jewish Cookbook’

Latkes 311. (photo credit: DeGennaro Studios/ ’Faye Levy’s International Jewi)


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We all know the Hanukka tradition of cooking in oil.  But we don’t need to be limited by latkes and doughnuts (as delicious as they are!)  Here are some other dishes that fit the spirit of the holiday.

Apple Fritters

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1 cup flour
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
½ cup nondairy creamer
1-1/2 cup diced apples
Canola oil
Powdered sugar for dusting

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and sugar.  In a separate bowl, beat the egg and creamer.  Pour into flour mixture and beat until smooth.  Stir apples into batter.  In a large, heavy skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat (there should be a sizzle!)  Drop batter into oil and fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and serve warm. Dip in powdered sugar if desired.

Home-Fried Potatoes

If you want a break from latkes, try this delicious dish.

8 whole potatoes, scrubbed clean
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted margarine
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon pepper

In large saucepan combine potatoes and water to cover.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes.  Drain and cool.  Cut into thin slices.
In a large skillet, melt margarine over medium heat.  Add potatoes and onion and cut until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Flip potatoes over and repeat.  Season with salt, paprika and pepper. Stir to fully incorporate.

Fried Fish

Everyone loves fish and chips.  Make the fish part at home and you have a sure-fire winner.

2 cups plain bread crumbs
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper
8 (4-ounce) sole, flounder or cod fillets
¼ cup canola oil

On a flat plate, stir together bread crumbs, salt and pepper.  Dip each piece of fish in mixture to completely coat.  Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add fish and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.  Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.

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