Chronicle poll results: Sour cream or applesauce?
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Chronicle poll results: Sour cream or applesauce?

We asked our readers what they preferred to top their latkes. Here's what they said.

Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Sour cream or applesauce?” Of the 303 people who responded, 52% said “applesauce”; 31% said “sour cream”; 9% said “something else”; and 8% said “nothing.” Comments were submitted by 78 people. A few follow.

Both! And the applesauce has to be chunky and homemade.

Plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

Salt and pepper.

I use both applesauce and sour cream.

My family loves a dollop of sour cream and a dollop of applesauce with a pinch of sugar on each latke. Geshmack!

I use butter.

I love latkas! I eat them once a month and make different toppings each time. Applesauce is my favorite but sour cherries are great too.

Why ruin a perfect latke with either?

Latkes with sour cream, lox, and dill — delicious and luxurious!

Nothing — my homemade applesauce on the side. Corned beef latke sammie isn’t too bad either.


We are a mixed marriage: My husband says “sour cream” and I say “applesauce.” Apparently the divide is the Carpathians.

Jalapeño catsup.

For a brunch: Good with lox or a schmear of smoked fish spread.

HOT salsa.

I prefer fresh homemade applesauce from Honeycrisp variety when they are available. Easy to make. Peel or not to peel? There is more fiber if you do not peel, and it adds to flavor. Use shredder blade in food processor. Microwave for 20 minutes, checking after 10 minutes and stir. Nothing else is needed. Let cool and enjoy.

I wish I could choose both! Although, really, it depends. Are you having a meat meal that night? Applesauce. Are you having dairy? Sour cream. PJC

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