Its Hanukkah! The next 8 days of lights, gifts, giving, and spending time with your loved ones should be full of delicious food and drinks. Latkes aka Potato Pancakes are (at least in my kitchen) a staple when it comes to Hanukkah. Then again, latkes are just freaking delicious!
I chose to pan fry mine because if i’m going to carbo-load on potatoes, they will be fried; However if you choose to bake them, all the power to you, they will still be delectable. For those of you who enjoy eating them with Apple Sauce as much as I do, make it in the crock pot, and you will have yourself an amazing and easy latke accompaniment.
Paired with these beauties was a Sparkling Riesling from the Finger Lakes. Dr. Frank Wines makes incredible wines in general, and when I saw this Chateau Frank Celebre Cremant Sparkling Riesling, I knew it was the one. The bubbles pour perfectly, giving you a creamy, citrus filled, and white blossom, one of a kind wine, that you really can only get from the Finger Lakes. This wine is inviting and easy to drink, especially with comforting potato pancakes.
With the Latkes the salty potatoes, crispy edges, and soft centers compliment and bring out some candied lemon in the wine, while still maintaining the beauty of the pairing. If you’re making latkes for Hanukkah, try them with some bubbles, I know you will not be disappointed!
I used 2 Idaho Potatoes, which made a TON of latkes. To make the potatoes pretty, I used a vegetable spiral and chopped the onions very fine, and blended some flour and eggs with the potatoes.
Take 6-8 Granny Smith Apples and throw them in the crock pot with some cinnamon and a splash of water. Let them hang in the crock pot for 4-6 hours, and stir with a spoon. Serve warm or cold with your latkes.