Ok, Hanukkah is coming up and that means two things:
Latkes and dreidels.
For your reading pleasure we'll post three blogs on each, starting with this one and posting daily until the first night of Hanukkah (December 12, 2017).
The VERY Brief History of Latkes
The first latkes were made by Rabbi Kalonymus ben Kalonymus in Italy in the 13th Century. These latkes used cheese, not potatoes, and the rabbi served them on two holidays: Purim and Hanukkah.
By the 19th century, our poor Ashkenazi ancestors swapped the cheese with potatoes. Cheese was expensive and hard to produce but potatoes were cheap and easy to grow.
These Jews brought the tradition with them to the US and Israel, along with big tubs of sour cream and crates of apple sauce.
(Kidding about the sour cream and apple sauce.)
Check back tomorrow for our favorite latke recipe. We can't wait for Hanukkah!!!