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Four Traditional Latke Recipes for your Hanukkah Celebrations

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East Side Kosher Deli is Denver’s premier kosher establishment, featuring a full grocery store, take-out deli, butcher shop, bakery and sit-down restaurant. This holiday season they are offering everything for your Hanukkah needs: candles, dreidels, candy, and toys, as well as fresh daily sufganiot, authentic cookies, and homemade latkes. Today East Side Kosher Deli shares with us a variety of latke flavors, a traditional eat for this time of year. 

Latkes or potato pancakes, are a crispy and yummy reminder of the Hanukkah tale. The story is that when the Jewish warriors made their way into the desecrated Temple, they found only enough oil to light the eternal flame for one day. By miracle, the flame burned for the eight full days. It is because of this that the center of the Hanukkah celebrations focuses on eating food fried in oil, specifically latkes.

Throughout the season, incorporate these flavors into for your Hanukkah celebrations. 

Traditional Potato Latkes

4 large red potatoes, pealed

1 medium yellow onion

1 egg, beaten

4 oz flour

Salt and pepper

Using a food processor or fine hand grater, slice and dice the potatoes and onion. Drain residual liquid from the potato-onion mixture. Add egg, salt, and pepper and mix well. Then sprinkle flour and mix again.

Bourbon and All Spice Purple Sweet Potato Latkes

3 medium purple sweet potatoes (yes they exist), pealed

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon all spice

2 ounces of bourbon

Pinch of salt

3 oz flour

Using a food processor or fine hand grater, cut the potatoes. Drain residual liquid from the potato. Add egg, salt, All Spice and bourbon and mix well. Then sprinkle flour and mix again.

Onion Jalapeno Blue Potato Latkes

3 large blue potatoes, peeled

1 egg, beaten

1 small jalapeno, diced small

3 oz diced onion (red or yellow)

3 oz flour

2 teaspoon garlic powder

Salt and pepper

After grating your potatoes, drain liquid from the potato. Add egg, salt, pepper, garlic powder, jalapeno and onions and mix well. Then sprinkle flour and mix again.

Honey Cinnamon Sweet Potato Latkes

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 ounces of honey

3 ounces flour

Salt and pepper

Grate the potatoes, drain, add egg, salt, pepper, cinnamon and honey and stir together. Finally, sprinkle flour and mix again.

Instructions: Using a hot skillet with vegetable oil, scoop from each mixture using a small slotted spoon and carefully place on to hot skillet. Allow each latke to brown on one side then flip and brown the opposite side. When the mixture turns golden, remove and lay on a paper towel to absorb oil. Plate and serve with sour cream and or apple sauce.

East Side Kosher Deli is located at 499 S. Elm Street, Denver. orders@eastsidekosherdeli.com303-322-9862.

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