It’s that time of year again when the usual latke debate occurs at the dinner table: applesauce or sour cream with your potato pancakes? One offering is sweet, the other savory. Each is delicious in its own way, but if you ask anyone, they’ll usually side with just one.
Fill your eight nights of celebration with Food Network’s essential Hanukkah recipes.
Here in Food Network Kitchens, we love simple, classic recipes. We are also paid to think about food all day. So we’ve taken classic foods and drinks and reimagined them in three, four or five different ways. No standard recipes here, just the occasional technique and pictures. Think of it as a picture recipe.
We’re adding the fun back into our latkes this Hanukkah. There’s nothing wrong with the classic version, but try adding these novel mix-ins and toppings to your family recipe. They’re so good, you might just find yourself making them year-round.
The skillet potato cake is a lot like a potato gratin and, in my opinion, easier than making a lot of individual latkes. It has tremendous flavor and goes really well with other lighter dishes that adorn your holiday table. Let’s face it: Who doesn’t love a scoop of some kind of potatoes this time of year? I love to give people what they want. Last week, while I was cooking at my restaurant, we were making various sauces for pasta and all I could think of was a simple tomato sauce. This potato cake serves the same purpose.
No menorah lighting is complete without a few snacks to mark the occasion. This year, switch up tradition and try our top five Hanukkah recipes below. Each is quick and easy to make and boasts classic holiday tastes.
5. Apple Cider Doughnuts — A pureed red apple-apple cider mixture gives these doughnuts their sweet, seasonal flavor, while a cider glaze and cinnamon-sugar topping adds extra decadence and decoration.
4. Challah Crowns — This dense but light egg bread is scented with warm honey, sprinkled with poppy seeds and baked until the crust achieves a glossy, golden hue.
"My great-grandmother Mamo made the best latkes in the whole world!" says Duff.
Tonight’s the first night of Hanukkah, and naturally, potato latkes are on the menu. These fried potato pancakes are a Hanukkah tradition—in addition to lighting the candles, fried foods are eaten to celebrate the oil that burned for eight nights. This year, Food Network Magazine challenged Duff Goldman and Nigella Lawson to a cook-off to see who could fry up the best batch.
"These are sweet, gorgeous fritters to be eaten straight from the pan and drenched with maple syrup," says Nigella.
Duff went traditional, “slightly” adapting his great-grandmother’s classic recipe, while Nigella took a sweet route, grating apples into her latkes and drizzling them with maple syrup. It’s a tough call…good thing Hanukkah lasts eight nights, so there’s plenty of time to try both!