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Latkes and . . . ?

bowmgbo Nov 30, 2010 11:26 AM

Our Hanukah Party menu:

• big salad
• chicken noodle soup
• latkes
• dessert (meringue cookies and chocolate sorbet)

Question: what to put on the plate in addition to the latkes. It's kind of a sad plate if it's just latkes alone. I can't think of anything (not meat or poultry). Any ideas?

Thank you.

  1. ellenost Nov 30, 2010 12:38 PM

    I can think of nothing more gorgeous than a plate of potato latkes (all by themselves).

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    1. re: ellenost
      Motosport Nov 30, 2010 01:21 PM

      Latkes always seem to be served with sour cream and apple sauce.

      1. re: Motosport
        Jane A. Nov 30, 2010 09:21 PM

        Yes they are!

      2. re: ellenost
        gutsofsteel Nov 30, 2010 01:23 PM

        Couldn't agree more.

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          mucho gordo Nov 30, 2010 09:59 PM

          Exactly! Just salt and pepper on mine, please.

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          MRS Nov 30, 2010 03:37 PM

          did you happen to see the NYT food section this week? http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/din...
          I'm not sure how I feel about the pomegranate, but the rest sounds interesting. Creme fraiche and a bit of caviar? Esp if you have Eastern European roots.
          My cousins who are sephardim always had wonderful ratatouille for holidays. You could have toasted pita with it. You could do a very nice vegetable terrine- like a portobello mushroom that is rich and earthy. Those aren't hard to find in most good markets these days. What about a wild rice salad? If you are frying- you could always make fried zucchini or fried vegetable fritters...
          Are you going kosher? vegetarian?

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          1. re: MRS
            hungryinmanhattan Nov 30, 2010 06:49 PM

            I have a Hanukkah party on sunday. Yes, I know it is "mid-Hanukkah" but can't do a dinner party mid-week. I am serving my latkes with sour cream and smoked salmon. It will be one of the appetizers. I, too, am struggling with what to serve as the main course, no meat or fish. I may do a white 4 cheese lasagna with mushrooms and spinach. I am open to more suggestions.

          2. kattyeyes Dec 1, 2010 05:20 AM

            How fun does this sound--a Latke-Vodka Party--got it in today's Food & Wine newsletter:

            And fer shurr on the sour cream and applesauce. Cheers!

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            1. re: kattyeyes
              TampaAurora Dec 1, 2010 04:54 PM

              Vodka and Latkes is the name of an"adults only" Chanukah party run by a local shul.

              1. re: TampaAurora
                mamachef Dec 1, 2010 05:22 PM

                Sounds like our local band of Hebrewskis, which I can say because I'm one of them.

                1. re: TampaAurora
                  kattyeyes Dec 1, 2010 05:34 PM

                  Well, that is way more fun than spin-the-dreidel, if you ask me! ;)

              2. h
                HillJ Dec 1, 2010 06:05 AM

                Saute spinach
                A dill infused sour cream or Greek yogurt
                Lox and thinly sliced cucumbers

                Happy Holidays!

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                  Splendid Spatula Dec 1, 2010 08:41 AM

                  I always put out a smoked fish plate - salmon, trout, whatever looks good, some salmon roe - with some capers and cr. fraiche, in addition to applesauce. I like a salty topping on my latkes sometimes.

                  1. Motosport Dec 1, 2010 09:21 AM

                    Junior's in Brooklyn makes a brisket sammich on Latkes instead of bread. I think they do pastrami and corned beef too. OH SO GOOD!! But messy as heck!!

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                    1. re: Motosport
                      kattyeyes Dec 1, 2010 09:24 AM

                      I want!!! Make mine pastrami, please. Mmmmmmmm!

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                      cocktailhour Dec 1, 2010 09:30 AM

                      more latkes! seriously, if you are serv ing generous amounts of latkes, I think soup and salad is plenty, with the sour cream and applesauce, of course.

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                        normalheightsfoodie Dec 1, 2010 09:43 AM

                        As mentioned above, I love smoked salmon or cavier on my latkes.

                        1. linguafood Dec 1, 2010 09:44 AM

                          What others have said. Latkes are awesome with crème freeeeeeesh, and smoked salmon or other smoked fish, or caviar.

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                          1. re: linguafood
                            mamachef Dec 1, 2010 09:54 AM

                            creme freeeeeeesh - "Can I just get some effing tater tots please?"

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                            milklady Dec 1, 2010 09:55 AM

                            The salad can go with the latkes. You can switch the chicken noodle soup for roasted chicken if you'd like. I also like roasted veggies or something along those lines. And, as mentioned below, you can't go wrong with smoked fish, like lox or gravlax or smoked trout.

                            1. c oliver Dec 1, 2010 03:14 PM

                              I'm getting the last of my late MIL's subscription to BA. The only recipe that sounded appealing is Porcini Mushroom Latkes with Mushroom Salad and Chive "Cream." Looks pretty also.


                              1. visciole Dec 1, 2010 05:30 PM

                                I like 'em with braised red cabbage.

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                                  L987 Dec 1, 2010 05:56 PM

                                  yeah creme fraiche goes perfect with latkes, and with caviar or gravlax or smoked salmon.. or with apple sauce..

                                  U can whip the creme fraiche so it does't get runny

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                                    brooklynkoshereater Dec 1, 2010 06:53 PM

                                    i was going to recommend the nyt slide show as well - really gives some great ideas

                                    i'm a basic crispy latke fan, with nothing on top, but i do like to mix it up with some really well sauteed/caramelized sweet onions and mushrooms -

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