After 19 boring years of dipping my latkes in applesauce or sour cream, I decided it was time to make a change. I put my thinking cap on and came up with 8 unique ways to transform latkes from lifeless, fried potatoes into a variety of miraculous creations. There is something for the whole mishpacha (family) to enjoy, whether you prefer a sweet or savory treat.
Simply add your favorite tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and toppings onto your boring latke. Throw it in the oven until the cheese is melted — this will have your Bubbie screaming Mazel Tov.
Latke, Egg and Avocado
To incorporate tradition and trends, add some mashed avocado and a poached egg onto your latke. Unfortunately, I’m not sure the Yentas will enjoy this one.
Latke and Cheese Dip
If you thought Miley Cyrus (or should I say Hannah Montana) was lying when she said “you get the best of both worlds”, then you’ve never tried latke and cheese dip. Mix up your latkes with cheese and bake it until it’s golden and bubbly. Dip anything from challah to Tostitos into this heavenly creation.
Latke with a Side of Gelt (Chocolate Coins)
If you are in need of a late night nosh, melt all of your gelt, which you won from being boss at dreidel, and dip your latke into it. Watch your boring wad of fried potato turn into a magical snack.
Latke, Tomato, Onion and Cream Cheese
Schmear that cream cheese on your fresh bagel and top it with tomato, onion and a latke. I don’t think a more stereotypical Jewish food can be created.
Latke Balls and Spaghetti
For all of the Italian Jews out there, roll your latkes into balls and pretend that they’re meatballs for the night. They can be enjoyed with some fine spaghetti and Manischewitz (not so fine wine).
Latke Brie and Blueberry Grilled Cheese
After trying this recipe you’ll have no doubt that the creator of this dish is a mensch. The combo of gooey brie, warm blueberry jam, and crispy potatoes will have you wanting more.
Latke Ice Cream Sandwich
For when you don’t have any cookies, give this sweet and savory treat a go. At first you will think “Oy, Vey” what am I doing, but I promise there will be no regrets. This sensation will remind you of the fried ice cream you get at Japanese restaurants.