Along with burning the menorah at Hanukkah, potato latkes, also known as potato pancakes, celebrate reclaiming a temple from occupying foreign forces and its rededication to God. The resident Jews at that time were only able to find one day's worth of oil with which to burn a candle, but it miraculously lasted eight days. In celebration of that miracle thousands of years ago, Jews now burn candles and eat foods fried in oil during Hanukkah. Jews and non-Jews of all ages can certainly relate to a renewal of faith. In addition, latkes are a reminder to actively meet our personal responsibilities toward our earthly bodies and aspirations while we wait for that next miracle. Given the global journey and extraordinary nutritional value of potatoes, this reminder could easily be appreciated by many cultures.
By the way, the Yiddish word for potatoes is kartuffle. If you're not Jewish, but love a good stuffing, check out the kugel below. If you're feeling like Italian tonight, go for the Crispy Rosti. Need comfort food after a rough day at work, school or both? Dive into some Scalloped or Twice Baked Potatoes. Whatever food mood you're in, go grab some kartuffles and whip up some of these delicious, nutritious Kosher Vegan Potato Recipes. Bon appetit!
Potato Latkes (DF, SF, K, V, VG) The Sweetest Vegan
Potato Stuffing/Kugel (DF, SF, K, V, VG) Cook Easy Vegan
J. Kenji Lopez-Alt/Serious Eats
Twice Baked Potatoes (DF, GF, SF, K, V, VG) Namely Marly
Remember to visit our Recipe Index for more Kosher Vegan Potato Recipes.
Jewish info resources:
Potato Latkes (About.com)
Yiddish Chefs (Jewish Humor Central)