(Yiddish: לאטקעס / English definition: Potato pancakes)
Potato Latkes are pancakes made from grated potatoes that are almost always fried in oil. It is customary for Jews to include them in their meals during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
 Hanukkah custom
Potato latkes are a traditional food eaten in the Jewish home during Hanukah. Being a very oily food it is reminiscent of the miraculous flame of the temple menorah that burned for 8 days using a minute amount of oil barely enough for one full day. Some people specifically use olive oil as a reminiscence of the miracle that occurred with olive oil.