I’ve never been a big fan of potato latkes. Zucchini latkes, yes. Potato latkes, no. I was originally planning to come up with one alternative recipe to share on this blog, but after scouring the web for ideas, I found so many fantastic concoctions that I had to share them instead!
Here’s an A–Z latke list that will have you trying a new recipe every night of Hanukkah. I found delicious-looking, creative recipes featuring a key ingredient that starts with every letter of the alphabet—with the exceptions of U, V, W and X. I broke the rules a little for those.
If you have a favorite twist on the classic that I didn’t include, please share it in the comments.
A is for Apple
B is for Brussels Sprouts
C is for Cauliflower
D is for Duck Fat
Duck Fat-Fried Latkes with Quince Conserva
Because everything is better fried in duck fat, right?
E is for Egg
F is for Fennel
Fennel-Lemon Latkes with Toasted Caraway Sour Cream
A sophisticated spin on the crispy classic.
G is for Garlic
Roasted Garlic and Herb Latkes
For me, any recipe with the word “garlic” in the name is a step above the rest.
H is for Hatch Chile
Hatch Chile Latkes with Hatch Guacamole
A somewhat more obscure ingredient that’s a spicy New Mexico treat!
I is for Indian Spices
Indian Spiced Potato Pancake with Mint & Yogurt Chutney
Just look at the picture—it’s so fluffy! This is a must-try flavorful addition to your latke repertoire.
J is for Jalepeño
Latkes with a serious kick!
You knew it was coming, right?
L is for Leek
M is for Mushroom
N is for Nut
Pine nut, that is…
Turkish Carrot, Apricot, and Pine Nut Latkes (Havuc Koftesi)
Also try: Zucchini Latkes With Parmesan, Pine Nuts and Basil and Nacho Latkes. I take back my “guilty pleasure” comment about grilled cheese latkes. This one takes the cake.
O is for Olive
I like olives, but I’m not sure how I feel about this one. If anyone tries it, please let me know how it turns out.
Classic Potato Latkes
I felt obligated to feature the classic. But there are so many great options! Also try: Persimmon Latkes, Parsnip Latkes with Mustard Cashew Cream and Honey Roasted Apples and Parmesan Potato Pancakes
Q is for Quinoa
Quinoa Vegetable Latkes
Add a healthy dose of fiber and protein to your latkes!
R is for Root Vegetable
Root Vegetable Latkes
The ingredient is more generic than I would like, but they look delicious.
S is for Smoked Salmon
Smoked Salmon Latkes served with a Lemon and Caper Sour Cream
Also try: Potato Latkes with Smoked Salmon, Caviar, and Tarragon Crème Fraîche, Sweet Potato Latkes with Brie and Baby Arugula and Spinach, Feta and Potato Latkes (Spanolatkes)
T is for Turnip
Potato-Turnip Latkes Fried in Duck Fat
You know, I’m not sure I’ve ever had a turnip. But I’m sure this is a good recipe. It’s fried in duck fat, after all.
U is for Ube Yam
Purple pancakes! I couldn’t find a latke recipe using ube yams, but I did find recipes for another kind of potato pancake. For something a bit more traditional with a purple twist, try Purple Potato Latkes.
V is for Vodka
Though I had an impossible time finding a V food to incorporate into latkes (other than the too-generic “vegetables”), the Vodka Latke Party came to my attention. Time for some party-planning ideas from Kveller, Williams-Sonoma and sheknows.
W is for Waffle
Another tough one. Instead of putting a certain ingredient in a latke, put the latke in a waffle!
X is for Xero
(According to Urban Dictionary). Nothing. Nada.
Y is for Yam
Spicy and Sweet Yam Latkes
Another recipe infused with delicious Indian spices.
Becoming almost as commonplace as the potato latke, zucchini latkes have my vote.