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Dreidels and potato pancakes are two fixtures of the festival of lights, commonly known as Hannukah. Many holiday favorites fit perfectly into a gluten-free diet, which may surprise some holiday cooks. For instance, a dreidel-shaped cookie is a quick and easy treat. Just melt gluten-free chocolate, such as Nestle's semi sweet chocolate chips or Hershey’s milk chocolate, in the microwave for 1 minute on high and stir.  Pour into dreidel or Star of David molds and put out when finished into a candy dish.

Potato Pancakes are a traditional Hanukkah treat and there are different ways to make them. Here's my favorite recipe.

Potato Pancakes:

Potato Pancakes are a traditional Hanukkah treat and there are different ways to make them.

Mashed Potato Pancakes:

Hanukkah and Thanksgiving are right next to each other this year, why not use leftover mashed potato or mashed sweet potatoes to make your potato pancakes.

Mix together 1 ½ cups leftover mashed potatoes, with 1 egg, and 2 tablespoons of rice flour.  Season as desired with ingredients such as salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder, herbs, parmesan cheese, shredded cheese, and chives.

Heat oil about ¼ “ deep in a large skillet and fry 2 tablespoons of mashed potatoes at a time until golden and crisp.  Serve with sour cream or apple sauce.

From Scratch Potato Pancakes:

4 pounds russet potatoes or sweet potatoes

1 large onion minced fine

2 eggs

2/3 cup rice flour

1 ½ teaspoon sea salt

  1. Peel potatoes, and soak in ice water, dry.
  2. Grate potatoes, and then squeeze them to remove any liquid.
  3. Mix the potatoes with all the other ingredients until well combined.  If too wet add additional rice flour.
  4. In a large skillet heat the oil about ¼ “ deep and fry potato pancakes in batches until crispy, drain on paper towels and serve warm.
  5. Another great topping to serve with potato pancakes is horseradish sauce, (white horseradish, dash of sugar and salt, mayonnaise, and sour cream).

To make it easier during the holidays, pre-make your potato pancakes and refrigerate. When ready, heat on a baking sheet and serve. Happy Hannukah!