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Jul 1, 2006 06:22 PM

Latkes V Hamentashen

The age-old debate. In my opinion, LATKES all the way! It really comes down to whether you're a dessert person or a meal person.

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  1. I've never heard this debate but I don't think you have to choose. They are too different from each other. If I wanted dinner, I chose latkes. If I want desert, hamentashen. If I want a whole meal - both!


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    1. re: sivyaleah

      There actually is an annual debate every year which takes place at the University of Chicago, for the past 50 years and counting. The debate covers which food has a more important hitsory behind it as well as taste. It's really interesting.

      1. re: juliehf

        There's actually a book (an anthology) that chronicles this debate.

        Here's the link:

        The Great Latke-Hamantash Debate
        Cernea, Ruth Fredman, editor

        1. re: Nancy Berry

          You forgot to say which you prefer!! Thanks for the link.

          1. re: juliehf

            I like and even have a killer recipe for hamantaschen, but I LOVE potato latkes, matzo latkes, cottage cheese latkes, latkes of any sort, all with sour cream on top and apple sauce on the side.

    2. Wow, it's amazing what people can talk about! So, which one have they said has more history this far? I'd guess the hamentashen, since it plays so heavily in the story of Purim? BTW, "sivyaleah" is my hebrew name :-)

      Personally tho, I'd pick latkes - with sour cream


      1. I definitely agree about the sour cream. Below is a link to a short article about the debate at MIT for 2005. (it's spread to other schools over the years!) Enjoy.

        1. Matzoh-bri for breakfast, blintzes for lunch, Hammantaschen for snack, latkes all night long.

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          1. re: ChinoWayne

            Oh man, that sounds like the best day EVER. I'll definitely be planning that in the near future for myself.

          2. Latkes with apple sauce AND hamentaschen with poppy seeds. :)