Hanukkah comes early this year, and that means latkes! Crispy on the outside, soft and hot on the inside, they're traditionally made with shredded potatoes, but you don't have to stop there. Here are five healthy twists on the basic latke recipe. Pair your potato pancakes with salsa or homemade fruit chutney for a satisfying appetizer, but be warned: they're so irresistible, you might make an entire meal out of them.
Take two classic holiday comfort foods, latkes and sweet potato casserole; combine them into one Thanksgivukkah-appropriate superdish; and the results are just as you might expect: expletive-inducing deliciousness. Generously dollop each oil-kissed fritter with tangy crème fraiche and a throat-tingling hybrid dish of its own, cranberry horseradish sauce, and it may just be the best thing to grace your Thanksgiving table. Enough talk. Trust me: you want the ridiculously tasty recipe.
Any way you slice it, latkes and other fritters are an indulgent affair. With this in mind, I thought I may as well take them over-the-top and fry them till lacy and crisp-tender in rich and pleasantly gamy duck fat.
Put simply, this wound up being a very good decision. The complex flavor of the duck fat is subtle, but it makes its presence known, adding a savory note that plays off sweet applesauce and tangy crème fraîche as if they were old friends.
Hanukkah just isn't the same without the smell of latkes cooking on the stove. Of course my Gramma's will always be the best, but since they're practically deep fried in a layer of oil, her potato pancakes aren't exactly good for you. Here's a healthy twist on my traditional family recipe with shredded carrots and fresh rosemary added, and since they're sautéed in a small amount of oil, you can feel good about eating them up. These are served with organic apricot applesauce that complements the sweetness of the carrots beautifully.
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- Introduce more vegetables and starches to your tot's diet by using an alternative recipe. Inventive chefs are offering up latkes made with everything from celery root to butternut squash and apple this year.
- Take inspiration from Thanksgiving yams (a wee crowd pleaser) and whip up sweet potato latkes that can be served as a sugary side dish or dessert!
- If your youngster has a seasoned palate, make a fancy meal of the latkes by adding tuna tartare, creme fraiche, and caviar.
- For the health-conscious family, fresh grated zucchini can create some figure-friendly low-carb latkes.
- Some youngsters can peel a potato, but these tips for the ultimate latkes include other tasks your tots can handle.
- And, what should mama serve to accompany the savory cakes? "A little sprinkle of kosher salt, homemade applesauce, and a tiny dollop of sour cream." — @JessSeinfeld (told to us via Twitter).
Whether you're celebrating Hanukkah tonight or not, potato latkes (also called potato pancakes) make a delicious meal. I've cooked up the standard potato latkes made with russet potatoes, ones with shredded carrots added, sweet potato and carrot latkes, and also ones made with zucchini from my garden.
This year I am spicing things up a bit, and if you're ready to try a savory latke with a taste of India, give this recipe a try. They're made strictly with sweet potatoes, so they're naturally sweet and full of vitamin A. I whipped up some chunky homemade apple and pear sauce to enjoy with them, and I'll definitely be making these again. If you've never made latkes before, check out these tips from YumSugar, on how to make perfect latkes.
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A day in advance, puree a big batch of mushroom soup. Reheat before the soiree and fill small bowls or shot glasses with it. For the final homemade component, set out platters of crunchy toasts slathered in rich onion spread. Supplement these dishes with smoked salmon, an assortment of your favorite cheeses, and nuts or olives from a local market. To look at my recipe recommendations keep reading.
Potato pancakes are incredibly versatile; they can be served with eggs at breakfast or beside a steak at dinner. Topped with smoked salmon or a dollop of sour cream, they also make a luxurious appetizer.
Once you've mastered the technique, get creative by stirring in grated zucchini or using sweet potatoes. You've already read Symon's tips for making the perfect potato pancakes, and now you can check out his recipe after the break.