Known as the Festival of Lights, the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah is a time for families and friends to gather at the table and savor traditional foods. To inspire you, we present five fresh ideas for latkes, the star of the Hanukkah table. For a refreshing departure from traditional potato latkes,turn to these recipes, which draw on familiar flavors, often adding some creative twists to their recipes.
|Latkes with Smoked Trout and Herbed Cream Cheese
Delicate flaked trout makes a savory topping for crisp potato latkes, but you can try other smoked fish, such as sturgeon or whitefish,too. Garnishing the latkes with trout roe elevates the dish and makes for a stunning presentation.
|Beet Latkes with Chive Goat Cheese
The deep-red root vegetable adds glorious color and sweet, earthy flavor to the fried Hanukkah dish.
|Zucchini Latkes with Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraîche
For an appetizer, you might want to serve this dish, in which tender smoked salmon and velvety crème fraîche are the perfect foil for crispy latkes made from a mixture of potatoes and zucchini. Be sure to serve the latkes as soon as possible after frying them, because they won’t stay crisp for long.
|Carrot Latkes with Arugula, Feta and Pepita Salad
Shredded carrots add a pleasant sweetness to latkes, and pair nicely with a pleasantly bitter arugula salad.
Sweet Potato Latkes with Fig Jam and Blue Cheese
Subbing sweet potatoes for russet potatoes turns out colorful latkes with the distinctive sweet yet earthy taste of this root vegetable.