"¢ The word latke derives from the Yiddish .... "latke"! Although other claims suggest it derives from the Old Russian oladka, and as such is a diminutive of olad'ya, from Greek eladia, the plural of eladion, which means "a little oily thing," coming from elaia, which means "olive." Got it?
"¢Â Though we most prominently associate latkes with potatoes (most people call them "potato pancakes"), it wasn't always so. "The Maccabee soldiers ate latkes made from cheese, vegetables, or fruits... READ ON