This Friday, December 11, is the first day of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday that commemorates religious freedom when the Maccabees defeated the Syrian army, and the miracle of a night’s worth of oil used to keep the temple lights burning for eight. In remembrance of the oil in the candles, the tradition is to feast on fried foods. My childhood favorites are latkes, fried, potato pancakes (pictured above) and sufganiyot, jelly filled doughnuts.
Not surprisingly, all over NYC’s UWS, you can find these delicious fried potato pancakes. Tonight for dinner, I enjoyed a sweet potato latke and applesauce (pictured above). For Creative Delites, it’s hard to offer up a recipe for fried potatoes to an audience of health-conscious eaters, so we are going to try something new with a little more nutrition, without sacrificing the important tradition. Stay tuned tomorrow for my healthy recipe for Baked Sweet Potato Zucchini Latkehs and several photos of the process. In the meantime, if you have a latke craving, check out my suggestions below.
Where to Find Latkes on the Upper West Side:
1. Telepan (72 West 69th Street)
December 12th thru 19th Hanukkah
“We will also be serving our famous (according to my daughter) latkes during the 8 days of Hanukkah. They will be available as a side for $10, or with smoked salmon for $16,” according to Telepan’s Web Site.
2. Zabar’s (2245 Broadway at 80th Street)
Grandma Bertha’s Latkahs.
3. Whole Foods (808 Columbus Ave. at 97th Street)
Sulfite-free Potato Pancake Mix. The prepared foods department is also serving up potato pancakes, sweet potato pancakes, and vegetable pancakes.
4. Artie’s Deli (2290 Broadway (at 83rd)
Potato Pancakes (2 per Order)
5. Lansky’s, (235 Columbus Avenue)
Potato Latkes with sour cream or apple sauce
Where to Find Healthy Latke Recipes
1. Slashfood, Recipe for Oven Baked Latkehs
2. Cooking Light, Recipe for Mashed Potato Latkes with Zucchini and Dill
3. eHow, How to Make Healthy Hanukkah Latkes