This recipe combines 2 of my favorite things – latkes and pizza! YUM!! As my family can tell you – I loveeeee sauce and cheese! It is one of my favorite combinations and I eat it on things all the time. So when I started to think about chanukah I thought – hmm why not combine a yummy crispy latke with pizza and BOOM! We have the yummiest latke out there.
So some historical background on latkes in general and why we really eat them on chanukah. First, because the big miracle of chanukah is with oil, it is traditional to eat oily, or fried foods to commemorate that.
My question on that was always – so why latkes and why potatoes. After some research I found out that originally, the first mention of latkes on chanukah was from a Rabbi Kalonymus ben Kalonymus (c. 1286-1328) in a poem he wrote talking about cheese latkes on chanukah. So how did cheese turn into dairy? Well, in the mid-1800’s there was a bad crop in Europe which led to the mass planting and abundance of potatoes! Hence giving lead to our potato latke of today.
Additionally , these are dairy latkes – which connects to chanukah through the story of Yehudis who fed the Assyrian General cheese and wine until he passed out. She then killed him which helped lead to a Jewish victory by the Maccabees.
So anyway onto the pizza latkes. I am including my own latke recipe, but feel free to use your own and just add the pizza steps at the end.
Yield about 10 latkes
3 Idaho potatoes, scrubbed clean
1 small onion
1 tsp potato starch
1 1/2 tsp salt
pinch black pepper
Oil, for frying
10-12 tsp tomato sauce
10-12 tsp shredded cheese
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Grate the potatoes so that you get strands of potato (not a potato mush). Grate the onion and add it to the potato mixture. Put the potatoes in a strainer and squeeze all of the liquid out of the potatoes. Allow to sit for 2-3 minutes and squeeze again. Transfer potato mixture into a bowl and add the egg, potato starch, salt and pepper. Mix through.
Pour oil into a pan about 1 inch high. Allow to heat up. Fry latkes and place aside.
When all latkes are fried, transfer to a tin or baking sheet. Place about 1 teaspoon of sauce and 1 teaspoon of cheese on each latke. Place in oven and bake for about 5 minutes, until cheese is melted. Enjoy!!