Happy Holidays, one and all! Today is the first night of Hanukkah, or Chanukah, or Channukah, or Hanukah. Yes, there are a number of ways to spell the holiday’s name, but for me, only one way to celebrate… with family, friends, and lots of fabulous foods!
So, Hanukkah is all about a military victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 BCE. There’s a little thing, a miracle actually, that was said to have occurred when they rededicated the temple- oil that only should’ve lasted one day lasted eight. That’s the reason for eight crazy nights of the holiday.
To celebrate today, yes, we give presents, yes, we play dreidel games, but we also EAT. Foods cooked in oil are typical fare. How can anything fried in oil be bad, right? The following foods are always on my Hanukkah table: fried doughnuts, fried chicken, hummus and pita, gelt (chocolate coins), halva (sesame candy), and the biggie...POTATO LATKES! I’m excited to share my quick and easy recipe for these divine potato pancakes, usually served with choice of topping: sour cream and/or apple sauce.
In the comment section below, why not share what you think would make a great add-in to the base mixture or topping on these delectable morsels?
POTATO LATKE RECIPE (serves… well, it depends on who’s eating them how many people it serves!)
1 bag Simply Potatoes (shredded hash browns)
2 eggs scrambled
½ cup all-purpose baking flour
1 tsp Salt (fine sea salt or regular table salt)
½ tsp Pepper
1 tsp onion powder
Vegetable oil (canola is best)
ü Empty bag of shredded hash browns into a large bowl.
ü Pour scrambled eggs onto the potato shreds.
ü Add salt, pepper, and onion powder. Stir until combined.
ü Sprinkle flour over moistened mixture. Stir until combined.
ü Pour enough oil into a large pan to fill a ¼ inch up the sides and place on med/hi on your stove.
ü When oil is well-heated, use a large spoon (like an oversized tablespoon) to drop scoops of the potato mixture into the pan. I usually am able to fit about 6 latkes in my large pan. Leave alone for a few minutes, until the bottom is browned.
ü Flip latkes to brown on the other side.
ü Remove to a cookie sheet layered with paper towels to soak up excess oil.
ü Immediately sprinkle more salt on the latkes.
ü Add more oil to the pan as needed to fry the rest of the mixture.
ü On a plate, place two latkes and a spoonful of sour cream or apple sauce for dipping.
As we go into the holiday season, I have been asking myself what I can do or how I can give to others. It has been a tough year for my family and a tough year for many families whether it is our soldiers fighting overseas, their families waiting at home, death in the families, divorces, economic hard times, cutthroat politicians trading on fear and hate and last, but most certainly not least tragedies such as those faced in Paris, Beirut, and many other places.
We are very familiar with the choke of the times. Here, I wanted to give something back this holiday season. Years ago, one of my local radio stations used to have write ins for people to nominate families for Christmas or holiday gift certificates. Nominated families or individuals included those who really were not going to have much to celebrate because they couldn't afford gifts or decorations or a big Christmas meal.
Beginning today and lasting until December 18, I am hosting a holiday give away post featuring an item and the author who is giving it away. To enter, all someone has to do is nominate the person they want to send the gift to and post a short reason why. If that person wins, then the gift will be sent to the recipient with a note wishing them a happy holiday season signed from the author giving it away, me and of course the person who entered them.
So far, I have several authors and items pledged to this effort. Be sure to visit daily throughout the holiday season and nominate those you love and care about and send them a gift – and yes, I will send them around the world!
For a chance to win:
- Nominate the person you want to send that day’s gift to and a short reason as to why. (All entries in comments are counted toward final giveaways whether you use rafflecopter or not)
- For an extra entry, spread the word about this giveaway: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - leave a link in the comments.
- Leave your email with your comment ONLY IF it is NOT part of your profile.
- This giveaway is open to everyone for nominations, however you cannot enter yourself.
- You may only win one gift to send.
- Giveaways begin November today and run through December 18.
As a special edition to the giveaway, several of the authors have donated towards gift cards that will go to three lucky commentators for giving the gift of caring to someone else in their lives. Every time you nominate someone for a prize is an opportunity to be listed in this giveaway. The final winners will be announced on December 19, so be sure to watch for it!
Thank you to the readers for hanging out with me each day, even when I have nothing to say (which is far more often than I'd like!).