Growing up, Hanukkah was a big deal. It was my family’s time to close out the year and come together over a table full of golden, crispy fried latkes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts). My mom would be huddled over a hot pan of oil, and it felt like she spent the entire night flipping latkes and doughnuts while we devoured each one the second it hit the plate.
As I grew up, I’ve continued our family tradition of Hanukkah dinners, but it looks a little different than the full table of my childhood. Being oceans away from my family, coming home after a full day’s work, and trying to not smell like a latke for the full eight days, I’ve shaken up my family’s latkes and love serving up this family-style skillet latke.
This Skillet Latke gives you the flavor of the traditional Hanukkah dish without spending the night flipping potato pancakes. If you didn’t grow up celebrating Hanukkah, you can avoid the all-night flipping altogether and skip straight to this simpler version! No need to fuss over a pan of hot oil. Instead, tuck into this sliceable skillet latke, a mess-free way to celebrate the festival of lights.