Monday, November 7, 2011

Celebrating all Holidays

There are a various amount of holidays. Everyone knows about the traditional ones: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. But those aren’t the only ones. The religion of Judaism celebrates a traditional holiday called Hanukkah sometime around the same time Christians celebrate Christmas. This Jewish holiday is celebrated for eight days and nights. It commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E. This year it will be celebrated December 21, 2011 until December 28, 2011. One of the many traditional foods commonly eaten on this holy day is a latke, a pancake like food, usually made out of potatoes. Today’s recipe will be the latke, but with a modern and delicious spin.

Vegetable and Feta Latkes
(Serves about 6)

    •    2 1/2 cups grated zucchini
    •    1 cup peeled and shredded potatoes
    •    1 cup shredded carrots
    •    1/2 teaspoon salt
    •    3 eggs, lightly beaten
    •    freshly ground black pepper
    •    3/4 cup matzo meal
    •    1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
    •    1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
    •    1/4 cup vegetable oil

    1.    Place the zucchini, potato and carrots in a colander, place paper towels over the top and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Sprinkle salt over the vegetables and let them drain for 15 minutes. Squeeze vegetable again in paper towels.
    2.    In a large mixing bowl combine eggs, vegetables, salt and pepper. Mix well. Stir in matzo meal or flour, parsley and feta.
    3.    Heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan. Place vegetable mixture, formed into pancake sized cakes in hot oil and fry until golden brown on both sides. (Cook two to three minutes per side). Add more oil as needed to keep cakes frying up well. Drain fried latkes on paper towels.
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    Bon App├ętit!


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