We have a confession to make, but we’re a little scared.
Okay, here goes: We think…potato latkes and jelly sufganiyot (doughnuts) are so last year (and the year before, and the one before that, if we’re being totally honest).
That’s why this year we’re doing something a little different. In the pancake realm, we’re swapping out potatoes for the leek kind, the cozily-filled-thin-crepe kind (blintzes) and even one version that’s actually made of cheese (mind-boggling!). The best part: no graters are involved, meaning no accidental trips to the emergency room. Your fingers will thank you.
For dessert we’re going for forgiving hand-cut or hand-formed shapes or even piping the dough directly into the oil. We’ll give you a second to let that sink in. Speaking of sinking in, this year, we’re all about syrups and jams that go on top of our sweet treats. That’s right—for once our Chanukah doesn’t involve syringes full of strawberry jam.
And for those of you who are really not in the mood to heat up a big pot of oil that you know you’ll smell in your wallpaper, hair and pets for a full week (at least), we have you covered, too, with lightly caramelized cauliflower and a cocktail that gets the EVOO shaken right into it. We’ll drink to that.
|Leek Fritters with Garlic and Lemon
Blogger, Smitten Kitchen, and author, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
|Sweet or Savory Blintzes
Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz
Co-owners, The Gefilteria, and co-authors, The Gefilte Manifesto
Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray
Co-owners, Equinox Restaurant, and co-authors, The New Jewish Table
|Chanukah Fritters (Frittelle di Chanukah) with Figs and Sambuca Honey
Author, Meatballs and Matzah Balls
|Zengoula with Lemon Syrup (Iraqi Funnel Cakes)
Author, The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen and The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook
|Syrniki (Cheese Pancakes)
Rinat Goldberg, Vadim Blumin, Yan Gitcelter and Kira Kletsky
Authors, The Russian-Jewish Cookbook
|Sfenj (Moroccan Beignets)
Vera Abitbol and Mike Benayoun
Bloggers, 196 flavors
|Flask of Oil
Cocktail expert and blogger, koshercocktail.com