Potato latkes—the crispy golden pancakes that are symbolic of the Jewish festival of lights—are all about the oil. After all, the point of Hanukkah is to celebrate the miraculous way that one day's worth of consecrated olive oil kept the Jerusalem temple lamp burning for eight days. Unfortunately, most latke recipes today rely on what seems like an eight-day supply of oil (or trans-fat-laden shortening products) to achieve the desired taste and crispiness. But celebrating the Festival of Lights doesn't have to raise your cholesterol. Try one of our lighter latke recipes (or copy our techniques with your own recipe) and surprise your family and friends with less fat this year. We've also included some main dish and dessert recipes to round out your celebration. Have a happy, healthy Hanukkah.
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