If you are celebrating Hanukkah or just a lover of latkes, Chef Ben Goodnick of Summer House Santa Monica and Stella Barra Pizzeria is sharing four ways to top your latkes beyond the traditional sour cream or applesauce. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, we’ve got your taste buds covered.


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Latkes with different toppings

Chef Ben also is letting us in on a little secret, his family’s latke recipe! For the full classic latke recipe, click here.

Wishing a Happy Hanukkah to all of those celebrating!

Latkes can take the place of potatoes in many contexts. They make a great substitution for hash browns in a big fried egg breakfast.

“Swapping some of the grated potato for grated root vegetables such as celery root, turnips or parsnips yields a heartier  side dish that is really wonderful when served with earthy braised dishes such as goulash, lamb shanks or even beef bourguignon.”

Sweet Potato Latkes with Brown Butter Caramelized Apples

Sweet Potato Apple Latke

Change up the grated potato for sweet potato and leave out the onion which will give you a sweeter version that is great with warm fruits like the delicious caramelized apples or vanilla scented pineapple. Sprinkle warm latkes with ample cinnamon sugar and top with brown butter caramelized apples.

Recipe for Brown Butter Caramelized Apples

2 Gala Apples peeled, cored and cut into eighths
2 tablespoon Butter
2 tablespoon Dark brown sugar
2 tablespoon Apple cider or water
1 teaspoon Cinnamon


  1. Melt butter in a saute pan and cook until golden.
  2. Add the apples and toss to combine.
  3. Add brown sugar and cider or water and simmer for 5-10 minutes until apples are tender but not falling apart.
  4. Stir in cinnamon.

Latkes with Nutella

Latke with Nutella

“Leave the onion out of the latke recipe for this version and add a pinch of orange zest to the latke batter.”

Sprinkle warm latkes with powdered sugar and add dollops of Nutella. Garnish as you like with berries or sliced bananas.

Leek Latkes with Smoked Salmon

Summer House Latkes topped with smoked salmon

“I like to take the basic latke recipe and swap out half of the potato for finely sliced leeks. They are great served with your favorite smoked salmon or make them small and serve with caviar for a decadent appetizer.”

This version is easy and great for brunch. Top the warm latkes with cold smoked salmon or nova lox. Spoon on a bit of sour cream and sprinkle with chives.

Latke Benedict Florentine

LAtkes with benedict

“Latkes for brunch is always a good idea. Top warm latkes with sautéed spinach and mushrooms and finish with a poached eggs. Pour on the hollandaise sauce and garnish with paprika.”

Recipe for Hollandaise

2 egg yolks
3 tablespoon white wine
1 cup melted butter, warm but not hot
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place egg yolks in a bowl with the wine.
  2. Whip with a whisk while holding the bowl over a simmering pot of water.
  3. When the yolks are airy and starting to thicken place the bowl on a folded towel on counter.
  4. While continually whisking, drizzle in the melted butter.
  5. Season to taste.