Latkes are most commonly understood as shallow-fried potato pancakes.– typically made with grated potatoes and onions and bound with eggs – that have come to be the most popular symbolic dish for Hanukah, the Jewish festival of lights: as latkes are fried in oil, they symbolize the Hanukah miracle of the oil that lasted 8 days when the Jews recaptured the Holy Temple in 165 BC. While we may be familiar with the classic dish and story, however, latkes or fried pancakes are ubiquitous amongst cultures of the world (most commonly associated with the cuisines of Luxembourg, Lithuania, Austria, Belarus, Germany, Poland and Ukraine), and depending on local crops, can even be made with beets, corn, or eggplant! In this class, along with a nod to traditional latkes, we’ll revamp the classic by infusing fresh creativity with herbs and delicious new vegetables. More than just a celebratory symbol, latkes have become a means for experimentation – from traditional to modern, sweet to savory, breakfast recipes to dessert (and each accompanied by one of Nissa’s unique & herbalized sauces) –we’re excited to take your pallets on an herbaceous latke ride, cutting edge and modern just like we are.
Recipes: Classic Potato Latkes with Garlic Chive Sour Cream; Rosemary Potato Latkes with Rosemary Apple Chutney; Carrot Cilantro Ginger Latkes with Lemongrass Chili Mint Yogurt; Middle Eastern Spiced Sweet Potato Herb Latkes with Curry Mint Sour Cream; Spicy Moroccan Cauliflower Latke with Preserved Lemons and Mint Marmalade; Peruvian Blue Potato Latkes with Lime Cilantro Cream and Tomato Salsa
Class Type: Individual, hands-on cooking class
Class Notes: Latkes…not just for Hanukah anymore! Learn modern twists on this traditional favorite!
Managing Director of Ger-Nis International, Nissa Pierson, is a firm believer in mastering food as art. A big fan of tarts both sweet and savory, she’s churned through crusts both wild and traditional, filling them with a blend of ingredients that could melt your heart. In addition to traveling the world seeking organic & fair-trade conversation for her business, she is a noted cooking instructor specializing in fresh herbs as well as an extremist in proving that the art of eating & cooking well is a relatively simple process. Besides being a passionate teacher of fresh herbs, organics and fair-trade, she enjoys spice of life, good conversation and debates, kickboxing, surfing, and submersing herself in the food and culture of the world. Contact Nissa