These crispy, pan-fried potato pancakes are a classic Jewish meal eaten around Hanukkah. They are made from grated potato and onion, binded together with an egg and matzo meal and served with sour cream on top.

Elena Higuchi

These crispy, pan-fried potato pancakes are a classic Jewish meal eaten around Hanukkah. They are made from grated potato and onion, binded together with an egg and matzo meal and served with sour cream on top.

Latkes

“The first time I had latkes was definitely before Kindergarten. In our family, we typically eat religious foods at home or at our cousins’ house as a way to celebrate Hanukkah together. So I’ve never had latkes without my family, because part of its significance is eating and making them together during the holidays.

 One of my favorite memories associated with latkes is experimenting with different combinations of sides. Although I used to be a very picky eater, latkes go well with a variety of toppings such as apple sauce and sour cream, so it inspired me to try new recipes instead of just plain ones. Most of our Hanukkah foods tell a story, and for me, I like to find my own meaning in latkes as representing the importance of family and togetherness.”  – Junior Aidan Arnold

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