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My First Hanukkah (in Israel)

My First Hanukkah (in Israel)

I’ve celebrated Hanukkah, but I have never celebrated Hanukkah. I love latkes, and I’ve always looked forward to piling them high with sour cream and applesauce. It was never my holiday, and I never had to put much effort into the preparations. I’d just show […]


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My First Hanukkah (in Israel)

My First Hanukkah (in Israel)

I’ve celebrated Hanukkah, but I have never celebrated Hanukkah. I love latkes, and I’ve always looked forward to piling them high with sour cream and applesauce. It was never my holiday, and I never had to put much effort into the preparations. I’d just show up, a box of store-bought sufganiyot in hand, and eat those ema-made latkes to my hearts content. Now that we are alone in Israel, it is up to me to make those delectable fried treats. Not one to shy away from culinary responsibilities, I decided to use this as an adventurous opportunity. I’ve come up with eight variations of latkes (or latke-esque vegetable patties) for the eight days of Hanukkah. Some are traditional, and some are influenced by my own family history. The eight versions I plan to make are as follows:

  1. Traditional potato with homemade applesauce
  2. Zucchini and corn with Greek tzatziki
  3. Carrot and sweet potato with persimmon sauce
  4. Beet with mushroom and sour cream ragu
  5. Cabbage with harissa sauce and green onion
  6. Apple potato with cheddar cheese
  7. Latke gnocchi with tomato sauce
  8. Potato, mushroom, celery with sour kraut

*December 16 2017 Update: Ok, I’m giving up! I set some lofty latke goals and I just couldn’t do it. Honestly, it was too many days of fried food. I know, I know, that is the whole point, eight whole days of oil. I still intend to make #5-8, they are going to be first on my list for next year. Until then, it is back to my healthy Mediterranean eats!