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The key to creating your own successful spin on the classic Hanukkah latke is incorporating a tried-and-true accompaniment to fried potatoes, like eggs, smoked salmon or in this case, a rich combination of seasonal mushrooms and apples.

The key to creating your own successful spin on the classic Hanukkah latke is incorporating a tried-and-true accompaniment to fried potatoes, like eggs, smoked salmon or in this case, a rich combination of seasonal mushrooms and apples. This was one of over a dozen stellar offerings at BAM’s Latke Festival. Norma’s at Midtown West’s Le Parker Meridien served their “magic mushroom” potato pancakes at the festival to great success — watching their chefs speed-fry latkes to keep up with the hungry crowd was hypnotizing.