Hanukkah Dinner

Being a few days past the eight night Hanukkah celebration meant that EJ got to light all eight candles on the Menorah before we celebrated with dinner together.

I prepared my favorite Latke recipe that I adapted from Smitten Kitchen.

Potato Latkes
Ingredients:4 large baking potato (3 pounds), peeled
1 large onion (1 pound), peeled

3/4cup all-purpose flour
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Peanut oil, for frying

In a food processor or on a box grater, coarsely shred the potato and onion. For longer strands, lay the potato sideways in the chute of your food processor. Transfer to a colander or wrap in a cheesecloth sling, and squeeze as dry as possible. Let stand for 2 minutes, then squeeze dry again.
In a large bowl, whisk the flour, egg, salt and pepper together. Stir in the potato onion mixture until all pieces are evenly coated.
In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil until shimmering. Drop packed teaspoons of the potato mixture into the skillet and flatten them with the back of a spoon. Cook the latkes over moderately high heat until the edges are golden, about 1 1/2 minutes; flip and cook until golden on the bottom, about 1 minute. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining potato mixture, adding more oil to the skillet as needed. 

We gathered around the table and kids helped Grandma put the candles in the Menorah. CJ lit the attendant candle. 

And then EJ used it to light the rest. 

The latkes were served with sour cream and applesauce and disappeared quickly.

After dinner it was time to play the Dreidel game. Grandma brought the chocolate gelt and some new light up musical dreidels. 

EJ had fun spinning them and counting her gelt.

CJ wanted to play but got too distracted by all the chocolate. Grandpa was in charge of distracting him.

You know it's a good night when you outlast the candles.

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