Amid the holiday craze, charcuterie boards have reigned supreme.
But how about adding a flavorful twist to your celebrations this year? Enter the latkes topping board — an exciting spin on traditional holiday spreads that's sure to elevate your festivities.
Toppings can effortlessly help add creamy, zesty and savory elements to transform these traditional Jewish cuisines.
The artistry of building this palette involves exploring the perfect combinations of creamy, zesty and savory elements that complement the crispy potato pancakes.
- Sour cream
- Smoked salmon
- Flying fish eggs
- Chives or scallions
- Red onions
- Pickled Vegetables
- Fresh dill
- Cheese: Goat cheese, grated cheese, melted cheddar
- Caramelized onions
- Hot Sauce
- Cream cheese
- Bacon or ham (Note: These are not kosher, so only serve to friends or family who are not kosher)
- Poached egg
- Fresh lemons
- Honey or hot honey
1. Sour cream
Introducing a dollop of sour cream will infuse the latke's crispy texture with a delightful tanginess.
This velvety richness promises to craft irresistible textures and flavors, ensuring a taste sensation you won't want to miss.
2. Smoked salmon
The delicate, smoky essence of thinly sliced smoked salmon, often a staple on a lox bagel, beautifully complements the earthy undertones of a latke. This topping adds a touch of elegance, combining the richness of the fish with the hearty base of the potato pancake.
3. Flying fish eggs
Tobiko, or flying fish eggs, bring a crunch and mild saltiness that perfectly complements the savory latkes. Their vibrant colors add visual flair, infusing an exotic and sophisticated touch to the traditional potato pancakes, creating a fusion of flavors that elevates the entire spread.
For an indulgent experience, caviar atop of a latke introduces a burst of luxurious brininess. The tiny, flavorful pearls enhance the latke's taste, offering a sophisticated and exquisite treat.
The sweet and fruity notes of applesauce provide a refreshing contrast to the savory latke. This classic pairing is a testament to the timeless combination of flavors that offer a balance between sweet and savory.
6. Chives or scallions
Freshly chopped chives or scallions add a delightful pop of color and a subtle onion flavor to latkes. Their vibrant green hue elevates the visual appeal while imparting a mild yet refreshing taste.
7. Red onions
Red onions, thinly sliced, bring a crisp texture and mild sweetness that perfectly complements the savory latkes. Additionally, they bring a pop of vibrant color, enhancing the presentation of the dish.
These small, pickled flower buds add a zesty punch that cuts through the richness of the latkes, offering a delightful contrast. Capers contribute a burst of flavor, adding a satisfying pop that complements the crispy texture of the potato pancakes.
9. Pickled Vegetables
Tangy pickled vegetables, like pickles, carrots, celery or onions, lend a zesty and crunchy element to the latkes. The acidity of pickled veggies cuts through the richness, providing a refreshing contrast.
10. Fresh dill
Infusing bursts of freshness and aromatic flair, fresh dill elevates the latkes' flavor profile, imparting an herbal essence that brings a garden-fresh quality to the dish.
11. Cheese: Goat cheese, grated cheese, melted cheddar
A sprinkle of grated cheese, whether it's cheddar, Parmesan or a smoked variety, brings a layer of richness and depth to latkes.
The melted cheese adds a creamy and savory touch to each bite.
12. Caramelized onions
Sweet and savory caramelized onions are a comforting addition to latkes. For a sweeter, milder flavor, caramelized onions add depth and a refreshing contrast that elevates the overall taste of the crispy pancakes.
13. Hot sauce
For those craving a bit of heat, hot sauce can provide a spicy kick to the overall taste of latkes, adding a bold dimension.
The herbal notes of basil and the nutty richness of pine nuts in pesto bring a vibrant and refreshing twist to the crispy latkes.
Pesto's aromatic flavors add depth to every bite.
15. Cream cheese
Smooth and velvety cream cheese adds a luxurious touch to your latkes, creating a creamy contrast that beautifully complements the savory potatoes.
For the spice enthusiasts, the fiery jalapeños bring an exciting heat that elevates the taste profile, adding an element of excitement to the dish.
17. Bacon or ham
Though not kosher, these meats offer a savory, smoky flavor that pairs impeccably with the crispy latkes, making them a tempting choice for non-kosher guests.
Avoid serving to guests who are kosher and set in a separate bowl or on a plate for them.
Additionally, out of respect, let kosher guests know you kept the pork meat away from the other foods so they can happily indulge in other toppings.
18. Poached egg
A perfectly poached egg with its luscious yolk draping over the latkes adds a touch of elegance, creating a sumptuous texture contrast.
19. Fresh lemons
Squeezed fresh lemon juice adds a zesty, tangy kick that cuts through the richness of the latkes, offering a refreshing and palate-cleansing element.
20. Honey or hot honey
Drizzling honey or hot honey over the latkes balances their savory flavors with a delightful sweetness or a spicy-sweet kick.
Figs bring a touch of natural sweetness and a hint of earthiness, introducing a sophisticated flavor that pairs beautifully with the savory latkes.
A flavorful tapenade with its medley of olives, capers and herbs offers a complex and slightly briny taste that elevates the dish with its depth of flavor.
Whether it's the elegant allure of smoked salmon or the comforting nostalgia of applesauce, these toppings invite you on a delightful tasty voyage, celebrating the tradition and innovation in every bite.