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4th candle

In honor of the fourth candle

Today, some recipes for latkes (potato pancakes, the Kartoffelpuffer of my childhood):

Mama’s basic recipe for latke or Kartoffelpuffer:

(although honestly, ours came mostly frozen)

  • Potatoes
  • Some onion
  • Salt, pepper
  • 1 egg
  • some bread crumbs if needed
Grate potatoes and onion; mix in egg and other ingredients. Panfry by spoonfuls in hot oil on both sides until brown and crispy. Serve with applesauce and/or sour cream.

Sweet Potato latkes, baked in muffin tins

From Marilu Henner’s cookbook Healthy Holidays: Total Health Entertaining All Year Round (ReganBooks).

  • 2 tablespoons plus 6 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 medium organic Spanish onion
  • 6 medium organic baking potatoes
  • 2 large cage-free eggs
  • 2 tablespoons matzo meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a heavy nonstick saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons oil. Add onion and saute until softened, about 10 minutes. Cool.

Coarsely grate the potatoes into a mixing bowl. Squeeze out the excess liquid or drain in a colander. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl and mix in the sauteed onion, eggs, matzo meal, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Grease a 12-cup nonstick muffin pan well and pour 1/3 cup potato mixture into each muffin tin. Smooth the tops lightly and spoon 1/2 teaspoon oil over each.

Bake about 45 minutes, or until firm and browned at the edges. Remove from the oven and run a small, sturdy rubber spatula around the edges of the latkes to release them. You can leave them in the pan 15 to 30 minutes to keep hot.

And, of course, a song: I am a latke (Debbie Friedman)


I am so mixed up that I cannot tell you,
I’m sitting in this blender turning brown.
I’ve made friends with the onions and the flour,
And the cook is scouting oil in the town.

I sit here wondering what will come of me,
I can’t be eaten looking as I do.
I need someone to take me out and cook me,
Or I’ll really end up in a royal stew.

CHORUS:

I am a latke, I’m a latke
And I am waiting for Chanukah to come
I am a latke, I’m a latke
And I am waiting for Chanukah to come

Every holiday has foods so special,
I’d like to have that same attention too,
I do not want to spend life in this blender,
Wondering what I’m supposed to do.

Matza and choroset are for Pesach,
Chopped liver and challah for Shabbat
Blintzes on Shavuot are delicious,
And gefilte fish no holiday’s without.

CHORUS

It’s important that I have an understanding
Of what it is that I’m supposed to do,
You see, there are many who are homeless,
With no jobs, no clothes and very little food.

It’s so important that we all remember,
That while we have most of the things we need,
We must remember those who have so little,
We must help them, we must be the ones to feed.