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Top your latkes — three ways

Our Chanukah food section this year features — no surprises — a classic potato latke recipe. The twist is that this recipe comes with three ideas for how to top these blank canvases — and we’re sharing those recipes with you on the blog.

The toppings vary from meat to dairy to parve — one for every occasion. The deli topping makes a great add-on for a Friday night dinner side dish.

These toppings will go on any potato latke recipe you favor — or try the crispy variant in this week’s IJN. The recipes came to us courtesy of a new cookbook, Simple Elegance (Artscroll) by Daniella Silver and Norene Gilletz.

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Three toppings for your latkes, courtesy Simple Elegance.

Three toppings for your latkes, courtesy Simple Elegance.

Top Your Latkes


Sour Cream Topping — Two Ways

  • 1 sour cream or Tofutti sour cream
  • 1 TB  lemon juice
  • ¼ chopped fresh parsley or dill
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ pomegranate seeds or ¼ lb. fresh smoked salmon, thinly sliced

Deli Topping

  • 1 TB  Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 3 Israeli pickles, diced
  • ½ lb. deli meat, diced

Avocado Topping

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, 
pitted and diced
  • ¼ minced red onion
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 TB  lime juice, 
preferably fresh
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


Sour Cream Toppings

  1. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream with lemon juice, parsley (if using pomegranate seeds) or dill (if using smoked salmon), and pepper; mix well.
  2. Top latkes; add pomegranate seeds (if using parsley) or smoked salmon (if using dill).

Deli Topping

  1. Add topping ingredients to medium bowl; mix to combine. Use as a topping for latkes.

Avocado Topping

  1. Add topping ingredients to medium bowl; mix to combine. Place plastic wrap directly onto mixture to prevent darkening.

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