Well it’s that time of year again. Hanukkah, Chanukkah, or however your family likes spelling it. I have to say, this entire year has practically flown by. Now that we are at the end and Chanukkah is here, I can’t believe that this entire year has gotten away from me. Nevertheless, we are here. I always have mixed feelings about Chanukkah because it was never a huge deal in my family. I didn’t get presents for 8 nights and we didn’t have a chanukkah bush or anything like that. So many other Jewish holidays were celebrated in a big way, that this holiday isn’t super special for me. It is still a fun holiday though.
We did have a few fun traditions though. Due to the significance of olive oil in this holiday, our house growing up was always decorated with old olive oil bottles of all shapes and sizes. Also, what is there not to love about sufganiyot (jelly filled doughnuts) I mean seriously, I am all about the Dunkin Doughnuts. Since I now live in Seattle and Dunkin is not a thing, I frequent Top Pot instead and I have settled for apple fritters. In all seriousness, it’s not really settling because they are insanely delicious.
In addition to the fun decorations and eating doughnuts until your tummy hurts, we made latkes. Personally, I am a fan of latkes and I don’t limit my consumption of them to only on Chanukkah. That seems unfair and silly to only eat them 8 days out of the year. In our house, we had two that we considered “traditional”. We made a standard potato one, but we also made zucchini latkes. My husband is such a fan of the zucchini latkes that he asks me to make them at least once a month.
This picture always makes me a little sentimental. This was taken in the house I grew up in a few days before I moved to Seattle. We had the whole family and lots of friends and each of us lit our own menorah and it felt like the entire house was glowing. It was a really special moment.
Now that the sentimental stuff is out of the way, here are my favorite Chanukkah recipes!
- 1 bag Simply Potato shredded hash browns
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 small onion, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Place all ingredients in a food processor, or on a bowl if you have a stick blender. Blend until the onions are finely chopped.
- Heat a generous amount of oil on a griddle or in a frying pan on medium heat.
- Spoon about a tablespoon of potato mixture into the hot oil. Fry until golden, turning one.
- Repeat until you have used all of the mixture.
- Serve with applesauce and/or sour cream
My mom would almost always make this salmon sauce, which is a Kraft recipe, when she made latkes. It has become tradition at this point.
- 1 (8 oz) container of salmon cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 teaspoon dry dill
- Stir all ingredients together until well blended.
- 2 cups grated zucchini
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- Put zucchini in a strainer and squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
- Mix with eggs and onions.
- Add the dry ingredients into the zucchini mixture.
- Heat oil on a griddle or in a skillet. Drop a tablespoon of mixture and fry until golden brown, flipping once.
- Serve with apple sauce and/or sour cream.