Chanukah FoodsHere are a few recipes that makes the holiday tasty.
Oil played a significant role in the Chanukah story-the small jug of oil that miraculously provided fuel for the Temple Menorah for eight days. It is a Jewish tradition to eat foods that reflect the significance of a holiday - such as matzah on Passover, and apple dipped in honey on Rosh Hashanah - and Chanukah is no exception. For at least the last thousand years, Jews have traditionally eaten oily foods on Chanukah.
Among the most popular Chanukah dishes are potato latkes (pancakes) and sufganiot (deep-fried doughnuts).
Actually, oil is also symbolic of the spiritual war waged by the Maccabees.
It is also customary to eat dairy foods on Chanukah, in commemoration of the bravery of Yehudit.
5 large potatoes, peeled
1 large onion
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp. Salt
¼ tsp. pepper
¾ cup oil for frying
Use: 10-inch skillet
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Grate potatoes and onion on the fine side of a grater, or in a food processor; or put in a blender with a little water.
Heat ½ cup oil in skillet. Lower flame and place 1 large tablespoon batter at a time into hot sizzling oil and fry on one side for approximately 5 minutes until golden brown. Turn over and fry on other side 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove from pan and place on paper towels to drain excess oil. Continue with remaining batter until used up, adding more oil when necessary.
Serve with applesauce on the side.
Variation: Zucchini or Carrot Latkes: Substitute 5 medium zucchini or 5 medium carrots for potatoes.
Sufganiyot - Doughnuts
- 2 packages yeast
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup margarine
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 or 5 cups. flour
- 3 egg yolks
- Jelly of your choice for filling
- Powdered Sugar
Deep fry at 400° F about 3 minutes, turning once.
Pipe in jelly and roll in powdered sugar.
StandFour - Eight Nights - Hanukkah Mashup
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Tomorrow night I'll relate to you the story of Yehudit (Judith) and why one should always be wary of Jewish women with wine bottles.