It’s that time of year, when Jews light candles and give presents and fry foods and generally remind ourselves that, hey, even though we don’t celebrate that *other* big holiday, we still party and overeat for eight days and nights sometime in December. And now it seems even the Chanukah sweater is ubiquitous. I predict Chanukah socks for hanging from the mantelpiece this time next year.
I haven’t had a chance to cook potato pancakes yet, although I did pan fry some frozen Trader Joe’s latkes (shhhh! I was running late after work and had no time to prepare dinner the night before, much like the Israelites escaping Egypt who had insufficient time for their dough to rise, resulting in masochistic crackers that, oh, right, wrong holiday). But the crisper is stocked with parsnips in case I get a chance to make parsnip latkes sometime this week.
Here’s a list of fried food recipes for Chanukah, or any other occasion:
- Perfecting the potato pancake (my BlogHer post on tips and ideas for a better latke)
- Greek feta cheese fritters (these will be tomorrow night’s dinner)
- Parsnip pancakes with truffled pecorino
- Zucchini pancakes with caraway seeds
- Francesco’s tandoori-spiced zucchini, carrot, mint, and ginger fritters
- Faith’s vegan latkes
- Marlena Spieler’s delicious prose recounting Chanukah memories and a recipe for her aunt Ella’s Chanukah snowball cookies
- My own musings, plus a recipe for carrot celeriac latkes
Happy holiday commemorating the defeat of the hellenized Seleucids, who were neither Greek nor Assyrian!