Beyond the latke

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

Latkes 311 (photo credit: DeGennaro Studios/ ’Faye Levy’s International Jewi)
Latkes 311
(photo credit: DeGennaro Studios/ ’Faye Levy’s International Jewi)
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
1 cup flour1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder2 tablespoons sugar1 egg½ cup nondairy creamer1-1/2 cup diced applesCanola oilPowdered 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 clean½ cup (1 stick) unsalted margarine1 onion, chopped1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon paprika½ 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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