I'm not Jewish, but on this "getting-close-to-Hanukkah" night, I thought I'd post another easy, yummy recipe my kids LOVE (and a great way to add a few veggies to their diet) and one that is rather traditional in many households at this time of year. I originally got this idea from a sweet-potato latke recipe, (we usually call them "Sweet-Potato Pancakes" around here) but found I liked adding other potatoes as well, and the recipe morphed into this.
If you're going to enjoy these, you're also going to be subjected to my short history of Hannukah, (don't roll your eyes) I'm a geek that way.
At least this is the 'history' as I know it to be. Different families have slightly different version. Let your eyes glaze over and skip the next paragraphs if you're not into trivia, history and winning at arm-chair Jeopardy:
"Hanukkah is an 8-day holiday celebrated in December. The dates differ somewhat every year. This holiday commemorates the victory of the Maccabees, a Jewish rebel army, over the Syrians in 165 B.C.E., as well as the subsequent rededication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem. When Jews came to rededicate the Temple-which had been defiled by those nasty Syrians-they found only one small flask of oil with which to light their menorah. This flask contained only enough oil for one day, yet the lamp miraculously burned for eight days (by which time a fresh supply of oil was obtained). Present-day traditions include lighting the menorah, exchanging gifts and enjoying treats cooked in oil. Oil is a staple of the holiday, it is said, because it commemorates the miracle of the oil burning for eight days."
Hopefully no one actually BURNS any oil making these...
Last week's winner of the lovely Libre Tea glass, by random drawing, is "Della" of the "Kitchen Aided" blog. Congrats!