Usually when we speak of Hanukkah Gelt, we are referring to those gold wrapped chocolate coins that everyone loves this time of year. These cookies are shaped like those chocolates, except the gold is on the inside in the form of extra virgin olive oil.
Rich in tradition, memories and taste, the beloved potato latke is certainly cherished. This year, as Hanukkah nears, I challenge you to dig a bit deeper and explore the vibrant underworld of the potato's fellow subterranean dweller: the root vegetable.
It became very clear, very early on, that my friends had a way better gig going, holiday-wise, than the Zevin boys did. But now that I've evolved into a mature adult, I am pleased to report that December is no longer the cruelest month.
The very best latkes that I have ever had are the sweet potato latkes by the famous Brass Sisters from Cambridge, Massachusetts. This is their grammas' recipe and they pronounce them LOT-keys, as did their Russian and Polish grandmothers.
Warm, buttery cookies for both Hanukkah and Christmas and whether in the shape of Old Saint Nick and his fleet of reindeer or dreidls, menorahs and six-pointed stars, they are appreciated by the young and the not-so young alike.