You don’t have to celebrate Hanukkah to appreciate the goodness that is a good latke (otherwise known as a potato pancake). Whatever you call them, their crisp exterior and savory flavor are irresistible just the same. And while we’re talking latkes, let’s get one thing straight: Sour cream and applesauce are the traditional accompaniments. You might think you could serve them with mango chutney or hot salsa instead, but you’d be wrong. At least appease us and try them with the applesauce and sour cream first—it really does work.
What to buy: Look for matzoh meal in the kosher section of the supermarket, or substitute very fine dried breadcrumbs or all-purpose flour.