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Why you should have a potato to pick with newish Jew-ish versions of a Hanukkah tradition

A close-up of a latke.
A close-up of a latke.
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Ways to ruin Hanukkah: 1.) Celebrate during a global pandemic that isolates you from your nearest and dearest. 2.) Have a volatile, mostly holiday-agnostic toddler whose mood swings are improved maybe only 5 percent by the promise of presents. 3.) Dance on your grandmother’s grave by making one of those newish, Jew-ish latke recipes floating around the internet.

Some take tater tots as a jumping-off point, some frozen hash browns, others a Swiss rösti. (Are we really now taking Hanukkah cooking direction from the goyishe, neutral-during-WWII Swiss?) Many of these try to solve problems that most people don’t really have…

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But for those of you who insist on latkes, we’ve got that, too

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I love crisp, crunchy latkes, but they’re a pain to cook one by one. Fortunately, there’s potato nik, my grandmother’s clever solution with the mysterious, unexplained name. I figure one nik equals 20 latkes, and you can actually walk away from it for a few minutes while it cooks. Plus, it stays hot for a long time and is delicious warm or at room temperature. This is delicious served with your choice of sour cream, applesauce, chutney, or hot sauce. …


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