Do you have any odd Christmas traditions?
Dan and I do. We make ourselves latkes for Christmas Eve Eve dinner.
No, neither of us are Jewish, and we didn’t have latkes growing up. We think the tradition started when we went to Christkindlmarket in downtown Chicago the year we were first married, and feasted on some amazing potato pancakes. We decided to make latkes ourselves that Dec 23rd, simply because we were both off that day and thought it would be a fun dinner to try. The tradition stuck, and we look forward to it as part of our yearly Christmas activities.
We’ve tried a few different recipes over the last five years, and this year we went in a new direction – using sweet potatoes. I saw this recipe on the skinnytaste website and we decided to give it a whirl.
We doubled the recipe and got 4 huge latkes (it was easier to make bigger ones because of the longer sweet potato sticks). We don’t have a heavy duty spiralizer, so we used our mandoline, which cut the sweet potato into long matchsticks. I think the potato was too thick because the egg didn’t quite bind the latke together like I thought it would. Instead, the egg kind of scrambles in between the sweet potato sticks. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t quite what we were expecting. The search for a latke recipe continues!
Well, this bring my Christmas week posts to an end. I’ve really enjoyed sharing my Christmas preparations/baking/traditions with you. I’ll be back to regularly scheduled blog programming next week.
I truly hope you have a very Merry Christmas!