It’s not the potato latke (pancake)—or even a latke at all—that is required eating on Hanukkah. It is food fried in oil.
Each year, however, brings a new slew of picture books on Tante something-or-other’s latkes, and for many Jews, especially the children, it’s hard to sever the Hanukkah-latke connection.
But crisp, fried latkes do not a meal make, though many nights they consume all my family’s appetite and my kitchen time as well.
At such times, I dip fish fillets into the latke batter and serve forth a one-pan fish-and-chips, Jewish style.
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