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A Small-Bites Hanukkah Party

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Nosh your way through two kinds of latkes plus savory toppers for the festival of lights.

Expand your latke topping options with good quality store-bought smoked salmon and applesauce.

What could be more festive than a party that lets you mix and match latkes with sweet and savory toppings, some homemade, some purchased. The menu for eight  is anchored by a crunchy carrot-and-celery root salad and a smooth white-bean soup with luxurious wild mushrooms and a creamy chive mascarpone topping. A fresh clementine granita finishes the meal on a light note.

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Menu Timeline

Up to 3 days ahead:

  • Make horseradish cream and fennel confit to top the latkes.
  • Make granita and store in the freezer.

1 day ahead:

  • Make the white bean soup and chive mascarpone.
  • Prep the arugula and toast the almonds for the salad.
  • Make the salad dressing.

2 hours ahead:

  • Saute the mushrooms for the soup.
  • Chop the cilantro for the salad.

45 minutes ahead:

  • Set out the horseradish cream, applesauce, and fennel confit in serving bowls and the smoked salmon on a serving platter.

30 minutes ahead:

  • Using a food processor fitted with a grating disk, separately grate the carrots, parsnips, potatoes, and celery root.
  • Make the latke batters.

15 minutes ahead:

  • Reheat the soup over low heat.
  • Fry the latkes and the potato-parsnip pancakes. Keep the finished pancakes warm in a low oven as you work.

Just before dinner:

  • Toss the salad together.

Shopping List

Fresh Produce

  • 18 to 20 medium clementines (about 4 lb.)
  • 1 lb. carrots (6 medium)
  • 3 lb. russet potatoes
  • 1 lb. medium parsnips
  • 1 medium celery root (3/4 to 1 lb.)
  • 3 large yellow onions
  • 2 large fennel bulbs
  • 1/2 lb. wild mushrooms, such as shiitake, oyster mushrooms, or chanterelles
  • 6 lightly packed cups baby arugula (about 6 oz.)
  • 1 medium shallot
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 1 bunch fresh chives

Meat, Eggs & Dairy

  • 1-1/2 lb. thinly sliced smoked salmon
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter

Other Groceries

  • 2 cups dried cannellini beans
  • 1 jar good-quality applesauce
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup prepared horseradish (or very finely grated fresh horseradish)
  • 1/3 cup matzo meal
  • 2 Tbs. Sambuca (anise-flavored liqueur)
  • 1 chile d’árbol (or other small, hot dried chile)

Pantry Staples

  • 1-1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup peanut oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 1 Tbs. fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • kosher salt
  • black peppercorns

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