November 30, 2015

DIY Hanukkah: Potato Pancake Toppings Bar

With Hanukkah just days away, it’s time to prep for the annual potato pancake fry. Tasty discs of crispy goodness, potato pancakes (aka latkes*) are the official food of the Festival of Lights. Made of a mix of potatoes, onion, egg, flour or matzah meal, they are fried in oil to commemorate the centuries-ago miracle at the core of the Jewish holiday, when a small vial of lamp oil that should have lasted only one night lit the rededicated Temple for eight.

Though they’re traditionally accompanied by dollops of sour cream and apple sauce, latkes are a delicious canvas for an assortment of appetizing toppings. For our Hanukkah party this year, we decided to try a few new flavors and put together this Potato Pancake Toppings Bar. Here’s what we scooped and sprinkled onto our latkes.

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  • Sour cream and apple sauce: Classics for a reason.
  • Crème fraiche: A smoother, higher-end substitute for sour cream.
  • Sliced cucumbers: This cool veggie contrasts nicely with the warm pancake.
  • Caviar: A splurge, to be sure, but a great way to luxe up a humble food.
  • Lox: This staple of bagel breakfasts adds a silky surf & turf element.
  • Chopped scallions: What else would you sprinkle on a baked potato with sour cream?
  • Capers: Bring a tangy burst of flavor with every bite.
  • Chopped hard-boiled egg: Combines beautifully with the sour cream or crème fraiche for a mini mix of egg salad.

And for the big finish . . .

  • Jelly doughnuts: This traditional Hanukkah dessert (aka sufganiyot) is the only way to end the holiday meal.

If you’re looking for a little extra zing, try a dash of Sriracha or hot sauce. Got any other ideas for a great potato pancake topping? Let us know in the comments below.

So whether you grate latkes from scratch, use a mix or heat up frozen discs, everything you need to make and top your Potato Pancakes is available at your local ShopRite, along with dreidels, menorah candles, chocolate gelt, gift wrap and holiday decor. Happy Hanukkah from your friends at ShopRite!