Thursday, December 16, 2010

Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat

{Photo from here. I am so annoyed because I took my OWN picture of these, but it got accidentally deleted. These look pretty similar to how mine looked. Except I put sour cream on top instead of applesauce.}

I found this recipe in a children's picture book I read to Dee called Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: A Chanukah Story. We picked it up at the library one day.

In the story, a girl is walking through the woods on the first night of Hanukah, and she comes across an old woman who gives her a magic pan frying pan. The woman instructs her to go home and say these words:

"Latkes, Latkes, good to eat. Cook me up a Chanukah treat!"

When she does, the pan sizzles to life with latkes (pronounced LOT-kuz) sizzling in oil--golden, savory, tender yet crisp potato pancakes. The story is short and sweet; Dee got a kick out of it and asked me repeatedly when we were going to make "Latkes, Latkes." There's a recipe in the back of the book, and we finally got to it tonight.

The Latkes are basically made from shredded potatoes, eggs, VERY finely diced onion, parsley, salt, pepper, and flour. They are typically served with sour cream and/or applesauce. I liked them with sour cream. We also had bacon and strawberry-banana smoothies.

So, even though I'm not Jewish and even though technically Chanukah is over this year, I'm glad I gave these yummy pancakes a try.

You can find the recipe from the book here.

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