Special Guest Post: Lauren’s Latkes & Holiday party re-cap!!!!

Hey everyone!! I hope you are all having fabulous week and looking forward to the holidays. On Sunday night my friend Lauren (Weisberg aka Weissy) hosted a super fun holiday party with tons of food, cookie decorating, and homemade potato latkes!!!! I was so impressed with her cooking abilities that I asked her to write a guest post!
Take it away Laur…!!!!!!!!!!!!

The first thing that comes to mind when you think about a Hanukah party are the gifts you get, right?!  But what is a Hanukah party without Potato Latkes?? 
Latkes are a Jewish food that Jews eat during Hanukah. This custom is at least 900 years old and we eat them because Hanukah celebrates a miracle that occurred with oil- and we all know that Latkes have tons of oil!
On Sunday, our high school friends got together to decorate cookies, exchange gifts (just like Secret Santa) and eat these latkes. Below you will find how to make the Latkes:

  • 3 baking potatoes, grated  
  • 1 large onion, grated 
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten 
  • ¼ to ½ cup Matzo Meal (this is instead of flour for those of you who tend to use flour)

    1.  Take 3 baking potatoes and skin them 2.  Once you are done skinning them put them in ice cold water for a couple of minutes (this keeps them firm and easier to grate) 3.  Take one potato out of the ice water and grate.  4.  Repeat for the remaining two potatoes.  5.  Peel away the skin on the onion and grate the onion6.  Once both the onion and potatoes are grated, drain as best as you can (you do not want there to be much water remaining in the bowl).7.  Lightly beat two eggs and add to bowl.8.  Add ¼ to ½ cup matzo meal and stir all together. 9.  Put oil in a pan, about ½ an inch thick and put on medium-high heat.TIP: you can test whether your oil is hot enough if you sprinkle a tiny bit of water over the oil and the oil fizzes.10.  Take some of your potato latke mix and add to the hot oil.  

    Let sit for 2-3 minutes, then flip.
    *You will want your latkes to be golden brown on both sides! 
      Some of you may be wondering why I used matzo meal instead of flour.  When I spoke to my mom about this, since she gave me the recipe, she mentioned that when she was growing up her mom always used matzo meal.  As some of you may know, during Passover Jews are not allowed to eat flour. My grandmother continued this tradition on throughout Hanukah, using matzo meal instead of flour.

    Holidays are all about traditions. Using matzo meal instead of flour has now become a tradition in my family and since the Holiday party I had with my friends on Sunday, that will also become a tradition each year! 
    Try out these Latkes some time. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

    Who is going to make Lauren’s latke recipe??!!!??
    They were absolutely amazing and reminded me of my Jewish roots (yes, I really just said that).  
    FYI: Your clothes will stink of latkes, so dress accordingly!

    Holiday Party re-cap:

    Yummy appetizer spread

    cookie decorating!
    I am not the best decorator. I ended up eating one of my cookies…whoops!
     I’ll do better next year, I promise!!!!!!!
    BEAUTIFUL work ladies!

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!


    1. you guys are so cute!!!


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