every year my kids look forward to our Hanukkah meal. we light the candles, say a prayer open little gifts and then sit down together for our traditional meal. i roast free range chicken, i make homemade sweet potato + yukon potato latkes with homemade applesauce. i usually toss together a sweet and savory salad with a balsamic vinaigrette. all the flavors bring back warm memories from the years we've enjoyed this celebration of light together.
yellow and gold latkes
3 medium size sweet potatoes
3 medium size yukon gold potatoes
1/4 cup matzo meal
1 small yellow onion diced
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup olive oil
hand grate potatoes so they are shredded, add salt and set aside for 10 minutes.
by hand squeeze liquid out of the potatoes, transfer to another mixing bowl
add eggs and matzo meal, and diced onion. and mix. ( if the potatoes still have some water, it's fine to add 1 more egg and more matzo meal to bind)
in a large skillet put 1/4 cup oil and heat, drop in latke mix with a spoon forming small pancakes.
fry in the oil until golden and crispy.
have a paper towel lined cookie sheet ready, place cooked latke pancakes on the towels to drain oil.
continue to fry the latkes and drain. you will need to continue to add oil to the skillet as you continue to fry the latkes.
place the cooked, and drained latkes in the oven on low until guests arrive.
serve with homemade applesauce and sour cream, or non fat plain greek yogurt
serves 4 to 6 people.
3 to 4 lbs of peeled, cored, and quartered apples. (Make sure you use a good cooking apple like Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Granny Smith, Fuji, Jonathan, Mcintosh, or Gravenstein.)
4 strips of lemon peel - use a vegetable peeler to strip 4 lengths
Juice of one lemon, about 3-4 Tbsp
3 inches of cinnamon stick
1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
up to 1/4 cup of white sugar
1 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Put all ingredients into a large pot. Cover. Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon sticks and lemon peels. Mash with potato masher.
place in the fridge, it should last for 2 weeks in the fridge.
photos via pinterest.