During Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival lights, potato pancakes called latkes are fried in olive oil to celebrate the holiday. While it’s true that you can make baked latkes, I don’t think they’re worth the calories. Hanukkah comes once a year and I have no problems frying them up nice and crispy — but just for one night — not all eight.
Classic latkes are made with potatoes and onions and they're pretty perfect as long as you have the right technique down. But sometimes it's fun to shake things up and add some new ingredients to the mix like sweet parsnips, vitamin-packed kale, creamy pumpkin and even cinnamon. Here are three delicious Hanukkah latke recipes to try.
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Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, is a nutrition expert, writer and best-selling author. Her books include Feed the Belly, The CarbLovers Diet and Eating in Color.