hanukkah has to be one of my favorite times of the year. one of my students asked me what my favorite part of hanukkah is.
it has to be lighting the candles and sitting in the darkness watching them flicker away. it’s so quiet. it’s the one time of the day i’m still and present. with the end of the semester happening in such a flurry, i need that time to just be.
i also cook much more during this time of year, because it’s another time where i don’t have to think too much. i can rely on measurements and recipes to guide to the right place.
when/where do you find time to be still?
yield about 12 latkes
1 large sweet potato, peeled
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 small onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
vegetable oil, for frying
shred sweet potato with your hand grater using the larger size shredder.
in a bowl, mix flour, egg, salt, pepper. add onion and potato, mixing until onion and potato are incorporated.
in a medium pan over medium high heat, put vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pan. drop spoonfuls of potato mixture into the pan and flatten. cook until golden brown on both sides. avoid flipping too much, because latkes will break. add more oil, if needed.
serve with topping of your choice. i like applesauce. yummy.