By Food Editor Pam Aughe, R.D.
A latke is one of the many fried treats cooked in oil eaten to commemorate the miracle of light for eight days during Hanukkah. It is a pancake traditionally made with grated potatoes, onions, matzo meal, eggs and seasoning. I have many wonderful food memories of latkes from my childhood and recently had the pleasure of judging a latke making contest.
The latke contest was hosted by the Jewish Senior Life (JSL) organization at the Jewish Community Campus in West Bloomfield. This was a friendly contest among residents, volunteers, the JSL head chef and the rabbi and his wife. Ok, so maybe there was a little trash talking between the contestants, but it was all in good fun.
Many of the latkes for the contest were from traditional family recipes and tasted just as I hoped. There were also less traditional artichoke and feta latkes as well as a sweet potato latke. The panel of judges had a very difficult time declaring who was the winner—all the latkes were quite delicious. Best original latke was awarded to Rose Davidson’s Potato Latkes; best contemporary was awarded to Elana’s Artichoke and Feta Latkes; best technique was awarded to Mary’s Mashed Potato Latkes; Best Classic Traditional was awarded to Nancy’s Latkes; and best nontraditional was awarded to Chef Nick’s Latkes.… Read More