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Help me throw the ultimate latke cocktail party

SarahN | Nov 28, 201105:12 PM

Hey Chowhounders -- I've searched the Internets high and low to a solution to this one, but nothing suitable to be found. Perhaps we can create an answer together?

My boyfriend and I have a group of friends we do a semi-monthly dinner party with. It's our turn to host, and we're planning to throw a latke cocktail party. I'm the sole Jew in this group, and want to show my guests how it's done. I'd like to do the basics (potato latkes, sour cream, applesauce), but also want to add a few twists of my own -- this dinner club is a competitive bunch!

We are thinking a series of latke-inspired "small plates" with unique yet Jewish-appropriate toppings are the way to go. So far, my daydreaming has brought visions of...

Potato latkes with gravlax and creme fraiche
A sweet potato latke with a warm apple salad of some kind, or mushroom topping ??
A zucchini latke with a lamb, or carrot & potato with brisket

Fried donut dessert..

My questions...
- Any reputable recipes that fit these daydreams? I am not a recipe devotee, but hate to throw an entire dinner party
- Any added ideas, tweaks, flavor combos you would recommend?
- Any tried & true donut recipes? I've never made them before, but being the owner of a new frier it hardly seems a choice!

Thanks in advance all - Sarah

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