Hanukkah is eight nights, which really means eight chances to eat latkes; glorious, crispy, salty, delicious latkes. Latkes (or potato pancakes) have always been a food to look forward to. I mean, it’s shredded, fried potatoes mixed with onion and egg—so good luck not liking that.
If you’re into latkes like I am, you probably want them on all eight nights with no exceptions, but eight—or even two—nights of eating the same thing can admittedly start to drag which is why fanciful latke toppers are here to keep things interesting.
We all know and love traditional toppings like sour cream and applesauce and, sure, those will get you through nights one and two, but when the caliber of gifts starts to dwindle—”Thanks for the pencil set, mom and dad”—you might consider throwing in some high-end latke toppers to balance things out. What’s more, potatoes make a fairly steady and muted canvas with which to work so your options are plentiful.
Related Reading: The History of Hanukkah Food in America
At the risk of showing up in the mentions of angry bubbes everywhere, I’ll preface this list by saying not all of these latke toppers are kosher, especially when paired with certain other foods. But they are 100 percent delicious and guaranteed to keep your latkes fresh, fun, and interesting all Hanukkah long.
Check out these fancy latke toppers—eight of them to be exact—for your impending Hanukkah bash.
Nothing says “Oh, we fancy” quite like caviar but you’re not putting it on top of your latke just to prove you’ve made it. This is actually a really perfect combination. The salt and brine of a nice beluga caviar is pure heaven with the fried, slightly sweet potato. Spring for nice American black caviar or a sampler from a trusted producer like Petrossian or Marky’s, and watch the smiles roll in.
Marky's American Paddle Black Caviar, $72.95 on Amazon
Overnight shipping guaranteed.
Caviar Sampler, $135 on Amazon
Overnight shipping guaranteed.
Smoked Salmon & Creme Fraiche
This is a classic combo is so good you can find it year-round on the menus of famous Jewish delis like Russ & Daughters and Sadelle’s. If you can’t find good smoked salmon at your local markets there are great delivery services available online.
Russ & Daughters Smoked Salmon, $44 per pound on Goldbelly
The best of the best when it comes to smoked salmon.
Braised Short Rib or Brisket
Short rib and brisket have a long and storied history with Jewish holidays and Hanukkah is no exception. If you’ve got some leftover from night one, shred it and top your later-in-the-week latkes with it. Get our Short Rib Recipe here.
ButcherBox (prices vary)
Short rib, brisket, and more delivered to you.
Fresh Truffle, Truffle Butter, or Truffle Hot Sauce
Fresh truffle shaved over your latkes would be a serious flex but if that doesn’t seem possible, might we suggest a more affordable truffle oil, butter, or hot sauce. TRUFF makes a line of truffle-infused spicy sauces that will definitely make your latke sing through all the way through night eight.
TRUFF truffle hot sauce, $17.98 on Amazon
A little rich truffle and a little heat on Hanukkah latkes. Yes please.
Truffle Hunter Truffle Oil Trio, $34.95 on Amazon
White, English, and black truffle oil to dress your potato pancake.
Blue Cheese Sauce
Cheese and potatoes. Potatoes and cheese. Doesn’t matter how you arrange the words, this is a winning combination. For me, there’s nothing like a fresh blue cheese or Gorgonzola sauce made with sour cream, lemon juice, and freshly ground pepper. Something tells me the latke-eaters in your life will agree. Try this blue cheese sauce recipe.
Murray's Cheese (prices vary)
Some of the very best cheese delivered straight to your door.
Steak tartare is another special dish that is much easier to pull off than you’d realize as long as you have good beef to work with, and it makes a perfect pair with salty potato pancakes. Get our Classic Steak Tartare recipe.
Snake River Farms
Order some American Wagyu for your latke tartare.
Chicken Liver Pate
Foie gras may be on the outs, especially here in New York, but its French cousin pâté is still going strong. A crispy latke makes the perfect host for rich and flavorful pâté, which you can find in specialty stores, buy online, or make at home with our Port and Chicken Liver Pâté recipe.
The French Pâté Sampler, $18.89 at D'Artagnan
Three flavors of French pate.
Fancy Hot Honey
Hot honey goes well with plenty of things but it’s at its apex when paired with fried foods like crispy fried chicken or chips. That’s what makes it such a perfect match when drizzled over latkes for a hot and sweet take on the Hanukkah classic.
Mike's Hot Honey, $8.48 on Amazon
A little sweet heat for your latkes.
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