This recipe combines two elements of traditional Chanukah food—cheese and oil.

The oil aspect is better known, but it is also customary to eat dairy foods on Chanukah, in commemoration of the bravery of Yehudit. Click here to read the story of this brave woman whose daring courage led to a great Maccabee victory.


  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • Oil for frying


  1. Mix the ricotta, eggs, and vanilla.
  2. Add the salt and sugar. Mix.
  3. Add the flour, mixing gently.
  4. Heat oil in a medium skillet. Drop spoonfuls of batter into the hot oil. Use the back of the spoon to spread out each one if necessary. Fry 1-2 minutes on each side. Continue until all batter has been fried.
  5. Serve warm.

TIP: They are good plain, but toppings are fun. Since these are sweet, I like to serve them with something tart, like lemon curd, cranberry sauce (pictured), or berry coulis. Fresh fruit works well too. If you want to go extra sweet, maple syrup, honey, or powdered sugar are all good options. Of course, there’s always the traditional apple sauce and sour cream… and anything else that sounds good to you.

Note: These latkes are quite pancakey in texture.

Yields: 20 small latkes