Latkes and donuts, and gelt, oh my! Hanukkah is here, and with it comes eight days of gut-filling, artery-clogging, and dangerously delicious food. While the Miracle of Light may not refer to a miracle calorie-free feast, there are easy ways to enjoy all the latkes your heart desires without packing on too many pounds before your New Year’s resolutions begin. Don’t worry, we’ll still enjoy our traditional fried versions as well!
A classic latke is typically made from potatoes, which are grated and then deep-fried to get that crispy exterior you dream about each year (save the nightmares for the soggy ones). On top of that, they get loaded up with sour cream, applesauce, or my father’s favorite, a tablespoon of sugar!
So, here are a few ways to cut back on the calories without cutting back on the crisp:
Now if calorie cutting is not what you’re looking for, here are some drool-worthy ways to take your latke game to the next level:
If you’ve managed to save room for dessert after all these recipes, here are some delectable treats to satisfy your sweet tooth.
You’re now ready and prepared to have eight nights of Hanukkah glory this year. With healthy twists and some not-so- healthy recipes worth indulging over, you won’t be bored with the plain old potato.
Let each night be a new miracle as you discover new tastes, perhaps make some new friends, and get ready to make some New Year’s resolutions that will most likely involve a lot sweating.
About the Author: Judith Rontal is a part of our “Gather the Bloggers” cohort of talented writers who share their thoughts and insights about DC Jewish life with you! Judith hails from wintry Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she grew up in a family that always managed to eat dinner together, even if that was at 10 pm. She’s continued that connection between food, family and culture in her blog, Aluminum Foiled Kitchen, and in her daily life in DC where she works in PR, focusing on media relations. When not in the kitchen working on a new recipe to serve at her next dinner party, you can find Judith sweating it out at yoga or running the Rock Creek Park trails. Follow her food adventures on Twitter and Instagram.