Root vegetable latkes.
(photo credit: LAUREN VOLO)
We didn’t expect to find ideas for Hanukka recipes when we judged a Kitchen Queens cooking contest in Little India, California. Yet as we tasted one delicious fried appetizer after another, we couldn’t help thinking of the Jewish Festival of Lights, when fried treats are highlights of meals.One of the winning dishes was Shami Shah’s broccoli and feta cheese balls, which were held together with mashed potatoes and served with a slightly spicy carrot dip. We knew we had a star for our next Hanukka menus. (See recipe.) Luckily, Hanukka lasts for eight days, and so we plan to make another tasty fried potato and cheese starter – Ecuadorian potato cakes filled with cheese from Raghavan Iyer’s new cookbook, Smashed, Mashed, Boiled and Baked – And Fried, Too!