Sure, it’s fun to come up with new ways to gussy up latkes: beet latkes, cauliflower latkes, even ramen noodle latkes. But what I love more than adding other veggies and ingredients to the pancake itself is taking the classic potato latke and using it as a canvas for complementary and creative toppings.
You can even throw a “top your latke” party and spread out a tray of potato latkes and a diverse array of fixings to allow your guests to top their own latkes in fun and interesting combinations.
Here are just a few ideas to try.
Caviar & Crème Fraîche
This is my favorite, most decadent way to top latkes for friends and family: a dollop of crème fraîche (or sour cream), a smidge of caviar and a touch of fresh chives will impress and delight.
Goat Cheese & Harissa
Get spicy, get creamy and add some Middle Eastern flare on top of those Ashkenormative latkes. The combination of something spicy with the tangy goat cheese is a surprising marriage. Add some fresh mint or lemon zest on top for color and brightness.
Guacamole, Sour Cream & Hot Sauce
Tex-Mex latkes? Yes, please. These toppings are easy and a crowd-pleaser. Plus it’s the perfect choice to serve with margaritas. If you want to get really authentic, try Samantha Ferraro’s Hatch Chili Latkes with Hatch Chili Guacamole. Wowza.
If you’re already frying potato latkes, why not top them with fried cheese curds too? Add some gravy on top for a Wisconsin meets Montreal Hanukkah-perfect mash-up. Get the recipe here.
Tahini and Israeli Salad
Give your traditional potato latkes a little Israeli makeover with some easy chopped Israeli salad and a drizzle of tahini. You can even pretend for a few bites that you are eating healthy food!
Smoked Salmon, Sour Cream & Fresh Dill
Classic, simple and basically the most perfect way to eat latkes. IMHO potato latkes were made to be served with salty salmon and tangy sour cream. Add some capers and fresh dill on top.
Ricotta, Honey & Sea Salt
A drizzle of honey on top of creamy, slightly sweet ricotta is a classic and delicious combination. Add some flaked sea salt and fresh thyme on top to bring it all together.
Pastrami & Mustard
It’s a latke that tastes like a deli sandwich! And btw, it’s so easy to put this perfect combination together since there is no additional cooking. If you want to kick this up a notch, try these pastrami and rye latkes infused with caraway seeds and topped with pastrami, pickles and mustard from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen.
Brisket & Pickled Onion
Rich, luscious brisket on top of crispy potato latkes is a match made in Jewish heaven. Add some tangy quick pickled onions like these from The Kitchn for extra oomph and a pop of color.
Chopped Liver Spread & Carmelized Onions
I served this last year for a Hanukkah party and they disappeared. I like to make a creamier, Tuscan-inspired liver but you can go uber traditional with your chopped liver and top with some caramelized onions. Extra points if you also fry your latkes in schmaltz.