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: 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, Celery Root & Walnut Latkes with Lovage and Caraway Crème Fresh
Class Type: Individual, hands-on cooking class
Class Notes: Unique latke making using local and seasonal goods! Sip on Maple ^ Parsnip Sparkling wine and enter to win our Latke contest with a prize of $100
Noted herb expert and founder of Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, Nissa Pierson, is the utmost of an herbal enthusiast in the kitchen. Her vast years of herb knowledge and her passion towards fresh herbs make her an excellent teacher and source of herb inspiration. In addition to traveling the world seeking fresh herb & organic conversation for her business, she is a noted cooking instructor & herb expert with over 15 years experience, specializing in fresh herbs and sustainable, organic, fair-trade and local produce as well as an extremist in proving that the art of eating & cooking well is a relatively simple process and just takes enthusiasm and some tidbits of knowledge. Contact Nissa