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Classroom Recipe for Hanukkah!

Published December 9, 2011 9:16 AM by Kelly Wolfgang

At the preschool where I work, we teach about the three holidays of Hanukkah, Kwanza and Christmas during the month of December. As you may or may not know, each holiday has various foods that are an important part of the core celebration, just as turkey is a key part of any traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Last December I shared two recipes that are often integral dishes for the Jewish holiday of Hannukah. Kugel and potato latkes can be made various ways; however, both also include some central key ingredients. At the bottom of both posts from last year you will see some cooking options and ways to vary the recipes, making them more healthy and flavorful depending on your taste!

If you visit the "Potato Latkes" post from last year, you will see that I did not actually cook with the class that week because I had recently had hand surgery. So, here is the full recipe which we used recently this year at school. The children loved them and everyone had the opportunity to take home the complete recipe to share with their family.

Potato Latkes for Hanukkah


  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • Pepper and salt
  • 4-6 large potatoes (peeled and shredded)
  • Lite oil to grease the pan (oil is a key part of the Hanukkah tradition)
  • Apple sauce (optional)

You will also need:

  • A potato peeler (or two)
  • A stove and skillet
  • A bowl
  • Large stirring spoon
  • Spatula

*Makes about 16-18 latkes

Recipe Steps:

  1. Crack egg and place in large bowl
  2. Add in flour
  3. Add in chopped onion
  4. Shake in pepper and salt
  5. Peel and shred 4-6 large potatoes (the kids love this process!)
  6. Mix everything together!
  7. Warm the stove and lightly grease skillet with oil.
  8. Scoop small pancake-sized circles of the latke batter onto the pan. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
  9. Serve with a scoop of apple sauce if you choose (some people love the salty and sweet flavors mixed together, although I love mine plain!).

Enjoy and happy holidays! Join me next week for Kwanza corn fritters!


We celebrate Christmas, but two of my grand kdiods go to Temple for pre-school so we also do Menorah and Dreidel and other fun things. It is nice that they can celebrate both holidays. I go once a month to Shabbat. After 4 years I am still working on learning the songs. My Jewish friends think I would make a great Jewish mother!

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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