The Jewish Festival of Lights, otherwise known as Hanukkah, begins on December 1st and ends December 9th this year, which gives both kosher and non-kosher alike another reason to celebrate and gather with loved ones this holiday season.
If you unfamiliar with the celebration and are invited to a friend’s place on one of these eight nights, or perhaps if you’re just interested in some culinary experimentation, here is a jazzed up version of a traditional recipe to get you feeling festive.
While tradition varies from house to house and person to person, and you should always check with your host/ess before committing to bring anything, so you know what your responsible for. Just to be safe the following recipe is Kosher.
Curried Latkes with Tarragon Sour Cream
4 large Yukon gold potatoes, grated.
1 beaten egg
1 tsp each salt and pepper
1 tsp curry powder
vegetable oil for frying
1 tblsp fresh tarragon chopped finely
1 cup sour cream
Combine the grated potatoes, egg and seasonings in a large bowl. Mix well. Shape into flat, thin patties about the size of the bottom of a juice glass.
Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in a medium sized fry pan. Fry latkes about five minutes each side and set to drain on a plate covered with a paper towl.
Mix the fresh tarragon and the sour cream and serve the latkes with a healthy dollop of it and/or one of apple sauce.
Now break out the Menorah and Dreidel, it’s party time!