Eating fried foods is, of course, one of Hanukkah's delicious traditions. Sufganiyot, or jelly doughnuts, can be given out as party favors when arranged in cupcake liners and packaged in cellophane bags. These are sealed with double-sided tape and finished with patterned pastel paper. If you're making the nondairy version, reduce the amount of salt to 3/4 teaspoon.
It is important to wring all excess moisture from potatoes to ensure a crisp pancake. If you are uncomfortable flipping the pancake, you may invert it onto a plate, and slide it back into the pan after adding the remaining oil.
Cooking the matzo balls in the chicken stock may make the soup a bit cloudy, but the matzo balls will soak up flavor from the rich broth. If you desire a clearer soup, simply strain out the cooked matzo balls and vegetables, and heat them in the remaining chicken stock.