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It’s not Hanukkah without classic potato latkes, and it’s not a Hanukkah party without this epic latke board!
Let me show you how to build a beautiful and festive latke charcuterie board to celebrate the festival of lights.
Serve this board as a first course before a large family meal, or make it the meal itself! It’s so much fun to create, and even more fun to eat.
What’s on this Latke Charcuterie Board
Here’s what you’ll need to create this bountiful latke charcuterie board:
- Potato pancakes. Find my recipe for classic latkes here. It’s the only recipe I use for this festive board. For other latke ideas and variations, keep reading!
- Smoked salmon. Also known as lox, this salt-cured fish is a delicious pairing with potato latkes.
- Sour cream. My personal favorite of all the latke toppings. You could also use creme fraiche.
- Applesauce. Arguably the second best latke topping (behind sour cream), applesauce offers a sweet contrast to the salty potato pancakes.
- Caviar. Create the perfect bite by topping your latke with a dollop of sour cream and a little bit of caviar. Divine!
- Doughnut holes. Why add sweet doughnuts on this savory board? Because Hanukkah is a celebration of the miracle of the oil. So, on Hanukkah, Jewish people eat foods that are fried in oil. Which is why we traditionally eat latkes and doughnuts!
- Hard boiled eggs. Chop them up so they’re easy to sprinkle on top of your potato pancakes.
- Cucumbers. The cool crunch of cucumber is a delicious contrast to a warm latke.
- Cornichons. I love these little pickles on any sort of charcuterie or cheese board, and this is no exception. If you can’t find cornichons, grab some mini gherkins instead.
- Lemon wedges and chives. For garnish and filling in any negative space on the board.
How to Build this Latke Charcuterie Board
Make the Latkes
If you are making your own latkes (recommended), you’ll want to do this first.
Follow my recipe for golden brown potato pancakes and keep them warm in a single layer on a paper towel-lined baking sheet while you assemble the rest of the board.
If the latkes cool to room temperature, pop them into a warm oven for 2-3 minutes before placing them onto the board.
Anchor the accompaniments onto the board
Place the sour cream into a small bowl. Do the same with the applesauce, caviar, chopped egg and cornichons.
Anchor the small bowls in various locations on the board. We’re going to build the rest of the board around our “anchors”.
Place the latkes down onto the board
Arrange the latkes in a wavy line down the center of the board.
If you have extra latkes, scatter them around in other places on the board.
Arrange the remaining items in the negative spaces
Place the smoked salmon, cucumbers and doughnut holes in small groups in various locations for easy grabbing.
Finally, place lemon wedges anywhere you see negative space. Sprinkle the latkes, smoked salmon and sour cream with fresh chives for pops of color.
What type of latkes can you use on this board?
There are plenty of ways to get creative with this latke charcuterie board. Here are some ideas:
2. Sweet potato latkes. A slightly healthier alternative to classic latkes, sweet potato latkes have a sweeter taste and a beautiful orange color.
3. Cauliflower latkes. This low-carb alternative has a milder flavor.
4. Matzo meal latkes. Matzo meal, made from unleavened bread, gives latkes a unique texture and flavor.
5. Trader Joe’s latkes. If you’re taking a short cut by using store bought latkes, I have heard that Trader Joe’s makes pretty good ones.
Are Latkes and Hash Browns the same thing?
Hash browns are basically shredded potatoes in their loose form. Latkes are shredded potatoes that have been formed into a pancake and fried.
Very similar, but not exactly the same.
When you make this latke charcuterie board, I’d love to hear about it! Drop a rating or leave a comment below. Enjoy!
For more festive boards for special occasions, try these:
For more holiday themed snack boards, try these:
How to Make a Latke Charcuterie Board for Hanukkah
- 15 potato latkes
- 18 doughnut holes
- 8 oz. smoked salmon
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- 1 oz. caviar
- 2 hard boiled eggs chopped
- 2 cucumbers sliced into rounds
- 1/2 cup cornichons
- 1 lemon cut into wedges
- 1 bunch chives minced
- Spoon the sour cream, apple sauce, chopped eggs, cucumbers and caviar into small serving dishes. Arrange the dishes around the board.
- Arrange the potato latkes in a wavy line down the center of the board.
- Place the smoked salmon, cucumbers and doughnuts holes in various locations on the board. Place lemon wedges anywhere you see empty space.
- Sprinkle with minced chives.