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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 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
2/3 cup rice flour
1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Peel potatoes, and soak in ice water, dry.
- Grate potatoes, and then squeeze them to remove any liquid.
- Mix the potatoes with all the other ingredients until well combined. If too wet add additional rice flour.
- 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.
- 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!