Latkes are often eaten for Hanukkah. They are not required by any religious law. The association with the holiday is just by custom. Latkes may be eaten at any non-fast time. Also, since they don't need any leavening, they can also be eaten for Passover.
Some people like to eat latkes with sour cream; others prefer applesauce. Which is better can be one of those big debates. A few people "split the difference" and use both sour cream and applesauce. Some people eat them with jelly. (I've only heard of this once and didn't hear what kind. Have you heard of this?)
Latkes are also good cold or reheated.
Traditionally, latkes are fried, but there are good recipes for baked latkes.
Links to recipes
- Recipes Wiki
- MyJewishLearning.Com Reprinted with permission from The Book of Jewish Food (Knopf, Inc.). This links to the "Easy Latke Recipe". They have others as well.
- Jewish-food.org (over 20 recipes)
- Yahoo Directory of Latke recipes
- Caryn.com "Latkes Become Eclectic" - includes recipe variations for both latkes and toppings
- Wikibooks Cookbook