Watch Cooking Channel

Hanukkah, Mexican-Style

We made Chef Julian Medina's Potato-Jalapeno Latkes at home. Even without a mandolin, they were excellent.

Food was not usually a highlight of the Hanukkah parties of my youth (it was the presents). Never the biggest fan of greasy, leaden latkes, I’d just consume several dollars’ worth of chocolate gelt, winning as many of the foil-wrapped coins as I could in games of dreidel.

Recently, Chef Julian Medina has completely transformed my idea of “Hanukkah food” with a preview of the Mexican Hanukkah menu he serves at his New York City restaurants [Toloache 50, Toloache 82, Yerba Buena and Yerba Buena Perry] throughout the eight-day Festival of Lights. Lucky for us, he’s shared a couple of his most popular Hanukkah recipes so we can all jazz up our own holiday festivities with a little Mexican flair.

Chef Medina’s Hanukkah menu kicks off with a tribute to my favorite guilty pleasure, gelt — he serves a margarita infused with Mexican chocolate and rimmed with gold leaf. As weird as a chocolate margarita may sound, it completely works. I loved the spicy notes from chipotle-spiked Mexican chocolate.

Next up, another eyebrow-raising dish that ended with us licking our plates: Whitefish Guacamole (it sounds better in Spanish: Guacamole de Pescado Ahumado). Chef Medina smokes the whitefish in-house and it’s nothing like what you find on your average deli platter. The salty and smoky fish pairs ingeniously with creamy avocado. Check out this video of the chef preparing his whitefish guac with an adorable sous chef — his four-year-old daughter.

Latkes, of course, can’t be overlooked at this holiday meal. Chef Medina ups the ante and serves a trio of potato-jalapeno, zucchini, and Mexican ricotta varieties. The potato-jalapeno and zucchini resemble the fried patties we are used to, but Chef Medina insists on taking the time to grate the vegetables on a mandolin in lieu of a box grater or food processor to ensure maximum crispiness. As a result, they are super-crispy and greaseless, but we made the Potato-Jalapeno Latkes at home using the fine side of a box grater and they turned out great too. The ricotta latkes are another thing entirely, more like a bite-sized ricotta doughnut that melts in the mouth.

Tacos de Brisket

Another small plate option is the Tacos de Brisket, a Mexican spin on the braised meat that’s the centerpiece of all Jewish holidays. Fresh tomatillo salsa is an ideal accompaniment to cut the richness of the meat. I wonder what my grandma would think if I spooned some over her brisket?

Next to latkes, doughnuts are the food most associated with Hanukkah. Fried foods symbolize the oil that burned for eight days in the story of Hanukkah. Chef Medina serves Mexican Sufganiyot filled with dulce de leche instead of the traditional jelly.

Now that’s how you make the food the star of Hanukkah.

Sample Chef Medina’s Recipes:

More recipes for latkes, doughnuts and other Hanukkah treats on Cooking Channel:

Tags:

Comments (2325)

  1. Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    [...]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[...]……

  2. siehe posted 08/28/2013

    siehe…

    [...]below you will obtain the link to some web-sites that we believe you ought to visit[...]…

  3. 2d mmorpgs posted 08/28/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  4. LA texas exes posted 08/28/2013

    Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

  5. www posted 08/28/2013

    Title…

    [...]The data mentioned in the post are several of the best available [...]…

  6. golden credit singapore posted 08/29/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here are several of the websites we advise for our visitors[...]…

  7. ?? posted 08/29/2013

    Title…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]…

  8. sprawd� posted 08/29/2013

    Title…

    [...]we prefer to honor many other world wide web web pages on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Below are some webpages worth checking out[...]…

  9. ssfcu login posted 08/29/2013

    Its hard to find good help…

    I am regularly proclaiming that its hard to find quality help, but here is…

  10. Calgary mortgage posted 08/29/2013

    calgary mortgage rates…

    Calgary mortgage brokers…

  11. ver art�culo posted 08/29/2013

    Title…

    [...]one of our guests just lately suggested the following website[...]…

  12. Classic Movies posted 08/29/2013

    Its hard to find good help…

    I am constantnly proclaiming that its difficult to get quality help, but here is…

  13. camgirls posted 08/29/2013

    camgirls…

    [...]please go to the web-sites we adhere to, which includes this a single, because it represents our picks through the web[...]…

  14. best sushi boston posted 08/29/2013

    Looking around…

    While I was surfing yesterday I saw a excellent post about…

  15. talking to pigeons posted 08/29/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really cool topic…

  16. Potty Training posted 08/29/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  17. best console posted 08/29/2013

    Title…

    [...]here are some links to internet sites that we link to for the reason that we believe they’re really worth visiting[...]…

  18. Paleo Diet posted 08/30/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  19. Search Engine Optimization posted 08/30/2013

    Online Article……

    [...]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available [...]……

  20. Title…

    [...]Every once in a even though we select blogs that we read. Listed below would be the latest sites that we pick out [...]…

  21. what men desire posted 08/30/2013

    Title…

    [...]check beneath, are some completely unrelated web-sites to ours, even so, they’re most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  22. owl wall decals etsy posted 08/30/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    [...]Here is a interesting website You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You to see[...]……

  23. Pay-Per Click posted 08/30/2013

    You should check this out…

    [...] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well [...]……

  24. one call houston posted 08/30/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    [...]Here is a Great Blog You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[...]……

  25. sumbouloi epixeirhsewn posted 08/30/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

  26. Websites you should visit…

    [...]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[...]……

  27. accident posted 08/31/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[...]……

  28. BRUTAL MURDER posted 08/31/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related articles to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  29. hcg diet weight loss posted 08/31/2013

    Title…

    [...]just beneath, are several completely not associated web pages to ours, however, they’re certainly worth going over[...]…

  30. weight loss posted 08/31/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here yesterday, so I just took to piddeling around online and realized…

  31. moviestarplanet passwords posted 08/31/2013

    Title…

    [...]check beneath, are some completely unrelated web-sites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  32. virtual credit card posted 08/31/2013

    You should check this out…

    [...] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well [...]……

  33. Mouthpiece For Snoring posted 08/31/2013

    Mouthpiece For Snoring…

    [...]here are some hyperlinks to web pages that we link to because we consider they may be really worth visiting[...]…

  34. Ramblers In Ogden Utah posted 08/31/2013

    Sites we Like……

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  35. bug out bag posted 08/31/2013

    Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

  36. spy camera posted 09/01/2013

    Title…

    [...]Every when in a whilst we pick out blogs that we study. Listed below are the newest sites that we choose [...]…

  37. best ecig posted 09/01/2013

    Title…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine several unrelated data, nevertheless genuinely worth taking a appear, whoa did 1 study about Mid East has got a lot more problerms at the same time [...]…

  38. Piratage Facebook posted 09/01/2013

    Piratage Facebook…

    [...]we came across a cool site that you just may enjoy. Take a appear when you want[...]…

  39. this is not mlm posted 09/01/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While browsing Yahoo I discovered this page in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  40. teeth whitening calgary posted 09/01/2013

    dentist calgary…

    emergency dentist calgary…

  41. baby gifts posted 09/01/2013

    Title…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a couple of unrelated data, nonetheless seriously really worth taking a search, whoa did 1 find out about Mid East has got far more problerms also [...]…

  42. preemie newborn photography posted 09/01/2013

    Tumblr article…

    I saw someone talking about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  43. classy watches posted 09/01/2013

    Title…

    [...]although web sites we backlink to beneath are considerably not connected to ours, we feel they’re in fact really worth a go through, so have a look[...]…

  44. Read This posted 09/01/2013

    Digg this…

    While checking out DIGG today I noticed this…

  45. review Home Website Builder posted 09/01/2013

    review Home Website Builder…

    [...]Here is a good Weblog You may Discover Intriguing that we Encourage You[...]…

  46. wordpress themes posted 09/01/2013

    Digg this…

    While checking out DIGG today I found this…

  47. sedation dentist San Diego posted 09/01/2013

    Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

  48. Online Article……

    [...]The info mentioned in the article are useful [...]……

  49. how to build a chicken coop posted 09/02/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here is an excellent Blog You may Obtain Fascinating that we Encourage You[...]…

  50. werkte gitu…

    duckin reconnection seymour bandung wuruk kerdezi encadered….

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c