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LATKES - Home Cooking Dish of the Month, December 2019

masha | Dec 1, 201910:36 AM     77

Welcome to our Reporting Thread for our December 2019 Dish of the Month (“DOTM”). For those new to our DOTM series, the purpose of this thread is to encourage hounds to prepare the selected dish throughout the month of December 2019 and use this thread to report results, share pictures and recipes, and exchange tips and ideas.

Thanks to all the hounds who participated during the nomination and voting phases for our December 2019 DOTM. To see how we got here, you can go to our Nominations, https://www.chowhound.com/post/dish-m..., and Voting threads, https://www.chowhound.com/post/home-c....

So, what is a latke? Typically, the term is used to refer to a potato pancake made from raw, grated potatoes, that is a traditional Jewish Ashkenazi (northern European) dish made to celebrate Hanukkah. Of course, like every traditional dish, there is some backstory and controversy on the actual origins of the dish. See, for example, this article by Yoni Appelbaum from the Atlantic, https://www.theatlantic.com/entertain....

As already addressed in the Voting thread, we are defining latkes a bit more broadly, to also include pancakes made from other root vegetables, provided that they are raw and grated. So, our dish definition includes pancakes made from grated, raw carrots, parsnips, celery roots or beets. Just to be clear, other varieties of potato pancakes – e.g., using pre-cooked and/or mashed potatoes – are outside the definition.

Here’s a link to Joan Nathan’s recipe for latkes, https://www.npr.org/programs/specials.... Her recipe differs from mine because: (a) it uses green onions, rather than a grated small yellow onion; (b) omits baking powder; and (c) omits matzoh meal or flour. See also this article from the Chicago Tribune, with 8 variant latke recipes – one for each of the 8 nights of Hanukkah – using prepackaged Simply Potatoes (a controversial, but convenient, alternative to grating your own), https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining...

So, let’s get going making and reporting on our preparation of Latkes. If you do report the details of a published recipe, please respect the author’s copyright by either: (a) including a link directly to the source of the recipe, or (b) if no link is available, use your own words to paraphrase and explain the instructions for making the dish (although you may directly quote any list and quantities of ingredients).

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