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Oct 11, 2006 03:56 PM

latke debate: apple sauce v. sour cream

It's the classic sweet v. savory question. (Not unlike U Chicago's latke/hamentashen debate.) I like both, but I'm leaning to the sour cream side these days...

Any strong preferences out there?

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  1. APPLE SAUCE!!!! Especially really chunky homemade (or homemade style) applesauce.

    Now I want latkes.

    1. Usually for me it's sour cream, except this time of year I like to have it with some fresh homemade applesauce.

      1. Sour cream just doesn't cut it for you?

        1. In my Polish (Catholic) New Jersey family, these are called "platki," but essentially the same thing, and we ALWAYS had them only with sour cream, so that's definitely my preference.

          I didn't know applesauce was even a traditional accompaniment until I was probably an adult. I've tried it, but it's just not the same.

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          1. re: allegro805

            Our Polish Catholic side of the family called them "bleenies," and served them with ketchup. I still prefer them that way.

            1. re: Atlantis

              Blinis aren't the same as latkes, they're more like a crepe, and usually rolled around a filling of some sort.

          2. Sour Creme all the way. Latkes should be crunchy, salty, and studded with green onion or chive and then the sour creme just is the natural accomaniment.

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            1. re: Atahualpa

              I agree the latkes should be crunchy, salty and with onion and all, but still, go well with both the tanginess of the cream and sweetness of applesauce. Put me down in the must have both together camp!