03 December 2011

Advent Calendar–Latkes, Latkes Good to Eat!

Hanukkah wouldn’t be Hanukkah without oily foods. We eat foods fried in oil to commemorate the oil that lasted for eight days instead of one. We always have latkes at least three or four times during the eight nights. When I was newly married, I experimented with different latke recipes. I spent hours year after year grinding potatoes, adding onions, flour, eggs and spices in various quantities. They always tasted great, but one year MJ finally confessed that what he really loved more than anything were his Mom’s latkes from a secret recipe known to Jewish mothers all over the world.

Latke Mix-2

No more peeling and grinding potatoes for me. We get our latkes from a box! Just add eggs and water, let sit for ten minutes, then you are ready to fry! If you want thinner latkes, add a little more water. To get them flat in the pan, use the back of your spoon with a circular motion to spread them out.

Once cooked, latkes can be kept warm on cookie sheets in the oven until you are ready to eat, but don’t be surprised if people try to gobble them as quickly as you make them. Toppings are important too. My husband likes cinnamon and sugar (heavy on the cinnamon), my son loves sour cream, my father-in-law prefers plain white sugar and my favorite topping is applesauce.

Is your mouth watering yet for some crispy, yummy goodness? Mine is. It’s going to be hard to wait until December 20th, the first night of Hanukkah this year.

What are your family’s favorite holiday foods? Leave a comment below or submit a post to the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories, of which this post is a part.

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Let’s Remember!



  1. When my girls were little and I was trying to be a stay-at-home-mom, I worked part time in a preschool. During the holidays we did the Christmas-around-the-world thing as well as Hanukkah. We made latkes, but we never put sugar on them. We missed the memo on that.

  2. Seriously?? I've never tried this. If they are that good it will save me loads of time and effort. The peeling is what bothers me as well as cleaning up after grating everything. I think you might be my latke hero.

  3. Yup, you have to try this box, although there are other brands out there, this is our favorite.

    Yup, you must try sugar on them. The first time I had them, I thought it was kind of weird, but now...YUM!


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