Lotsa Latkes, Just in Time for Hanukkah

These classic and creative latke recipes are the ones to make during the Festival of Lights — or year-round.
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Tonight at sundown marks the start of Hanukkah. To commemorate the miracle of oil, it's a tradition to fry potato pancakes, or latkes, as a part of the celebration. That miracle goes back to ancient times, when the Temple in Jerusalem's limited supply of oil burned for eight days instead of one. Whether frying up homemade potato latkes is a yearly tradition for your family or you simply can't resist crispy, golden potatoes in any form, these classic and creative latke recipes are the ones to make during the Festival of Lights — or year-round.

To achieve the quintessential light, crispy shredded potato patty you'd expect out of the holiday season, start with Ina Garten's recipe for perfect  Potato Latkes, which take just 20 minutes to make. Follow these  5 Rules for Better Latkes and serve the customary way: with applesauce and sour cream on the side.

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Cooking latkes in oil may commemorate the miracle of oil, but that doesn't mean you have to skip out on this edible tradition if you're watching what you eat. Make these  Oven-Fried Latkes instead, which reach the same crispy, golden heights with less oil.

Food Network Rachael Ray Quick Potato Carrot Latkes

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Heat up your skillet for a latke boasting more than just shredded potato. Rachael Ray's Quick Potato and Carrot Latkes come with grated carrots for a hint of sweetness and color.

Instead of frying up batch after batch of individual pancakes, give Melissa d'Arabian's  Crispy Potato Cake a go. It results in one giant latke that's sliced into wedges for serving.

Sweeten your holiday celebrations with a new take on latke prep. Combine half shredded sweet potatoes and half Yukon golds for crispy  Sweet Potato Latkes.

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