What’s a Latke?

Frying latkes in oilLatkes are traditionally eaten by Jews during the Hanukkah festival. The oil for cooking the latkes is symbolic of the oil from the Hanukkah story that kept the Second Temple of ancient Israel lit with a long-lasting flame that is celebrated as a miracle (more information here, on Wikipedia, of course).

A latke comes in many different forms, from a thick potato-y patty to thin, crispy deliciousness.  There are as many recipes for latkes as there are people who cook them – often passed down from generation to generation.