In honor of the first day of Hanukkah, History Teacher Shari Hollander took the lead in the Culinary Arts curriculum last week to teach students how to create potato latkes using her own grandmother’s recipe. Over the course of two days, she and the Culinary Arts students (as well as a few other volunteers) also made homemade applesauce and made all the preparations for the latkes.
The students shredded onions and mixed them with herbs and oil. For the applesauce, they cored apples, mashed them, and mixed them with traditional spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. On the second day, Shari brought an electric griddle, oil, potatoes and the cooking utensils to school to shape and fry the latkes.
The fun part was that other students began to congregate around the ingredients and volunteered to help! Prepping the latkes became a community endeavor, with the Culinary Arts students inviting their peers to contribute in their own ways.
Then, with the oil heated, the students started to cook! The whole school had a great smell of fried potatoes, as well as applesauce. The latkes were a huge hit. Students drifted in from other parts of the school to investigate the smell and were happy to be offered a couple latkes and sent back to class. The Culinary Arts students also made sure the teachers were given a couple latkes, as well.
Thanks to Shari for sharing her family’s recipe with us!