With Hanukkah less than a week away, fried potato pancakes are on everyone’s mind. And apparently, people have… extremely strong opinions about what is and is not okay to put on a latke, as anyone with a Twitter account has probably seen. Of course, we’ve always known there’s a sharp divide between apple sauce and sour cream people, but this year, these hot latke takes have gotten out of control. We’ll see if the Latke Wars last eight whole days, but in the meantime, here are some of the best (and worst) takes we’ve seen so far.
1. This rabbi says ketchup is pretty much treyf:
The moment ketchup comes to the Hanukkah table the latke is transformed into a hash brown and loses all spiritual significance. It’s in the Talmud basically.
— Avram Mlotek (@RabbiAvMlotek) December 3, 2020
🙌🏾 Ketchup on latkes
🙌🏾 a pickle slice on a latke
🙌🏾 sweet chilli sauce from the Chinese restaurant on latkes
🙌🏾 fried plantain and latkes
Fight me. https://t.co/DnX011Brdb
— Lara 'Challah Black Girl' M (@BlewishAnd) December 1, 2020
3. A blessing on your head, tater tot, tater tot:
Tater tots should be called latkelach
— Liron Kopinsky (@ldkop) December 2, 2020
4. A horrifying overview of the discourse:
latke topping idea but they get more outrageous as they go:
– apple sauce
– sour cream
– sweet chilli sauce
– bbq sauce
– peanut butter
– maple syrup
– lotus spread
– banana purée
— shira 🏳️🌈 שירה (@shirasilkoff) December 1, 2020
5. Even the old standbys aren’t safe:
Hanukkah begins next week so it's as a good time as any to remind the Ashkenazim among you that apple sauce gets paired with cinnamon not latkes.
Respect your roots. Dip your latkes in sour cream.
— Alex (@JewishWonk) December 1, 2020
6. “I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.”
The arc of the latke universe is long, but it bends toward applesauce.
— D Bash (@DBashIdeas) December 2, 2020
7. A TAKE:
Vodka is just liquid latkes
— Mordechai 🍺Cider+S'mores 12/5🔥 Lightstone (@Mottel) December 2, 2020
8. There’s so much we still don’t know about the latkeverse:
Latke implies the existence of a littleke
— cheif rabbi of talmudic cubism (@xaihowareyou) December 3, 2020
9. Wait but we actually need these:
I will forever defend merging cultures through food. I’m Black, my partner is Afro-Dominican. I am Jewish. We mix it up and THROW DOWN in the kitchen. That typed, if you haven’t had potato-plantain latkes with multiple spicy and savory sides you’re missing out.
— mine your own bismuth ♻️סלע (@moontwerk) December 1, 2020
10. What does Doug Emhoff think? Get on it, People mag:
Just got v excited picturing a People magazine article featuring a recipe for Doug’s WHITE HOUSE LATKES
— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner) November 8, 2020
11. Some are already over it:
december first, already muting "latke"
— black, booked (over zoom) and busy (@mordkhetzvi) December 1, 2020
12. For others, the answer is simple:
what if you just dipped your latke in more latke
— shira 🏳️🌈 שירה (@shirasilkoff) December 2, 2020
13. This shit is getting serious:
14. If you take one thing from all of this: People really hate ketchup on latkes.
The Latke Wars have had the unintended consequence of making me want to eat every variant of latke possible.
Except for ketchup. FFS.
— Elad Nehorai (@EladNehorai) December 2, 2020
15. In summary:
The latke takes. Oy the latke takes.
— Tema Smith (@temasmith) December 1, 2020
16. We hope you’ve enjoyed the Latke Wars as much as we have:
when people post their annual controversial latke takes on social media pic.twitter.com/Yhv2xvtl6b
— Alma (@hey_alma) December 3, 2020