Dec 7, 2017
Try 3 Fun New Latke Recipes

If you’re bored of the same old latkes each year, here are 3 new latke ideas to try: Beet and Potato, Sweet Potato, and Apple and Pear.

This new Recipe Series is brought to you by community news service and Kettle & Cord, the home essentials store in Crown Heights.

In today’s presentation, Kettle & Cord presents 3 fun latke recipes to try for Chanukah: Beet and Potato Latkes, Sweet Potato Latkes, and Apple and Pear Latkes. You can use these same toppings for your classic latkes as well!

Beet & Potato Latkes:

You will need:
¾ lbs purple potato (peeled & julienned)
½ lbs beets (2 medium beets, peeled & julienned)
¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp thyme leaves
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp Kosher salt
2 large eggs (lighly beaten)
¼ cup canola oil
sour cream
salmon roe or caviar
• In a large bowl, toss the potato and beets with the flour, thyme, pepper, dill and 1 tsp of salt. Add the eggs and mix well.
• In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tbsp of canola oil until shimmering.
• Spoon three ½ cup mounds of the latke mixture; press lightly to flatten.
• Fry over moderate heat, turning once and adding 1 tbsp of oil, until the latkes are golden and crisp on both sides - about 15 minutes. Repeat with the remaining beet mixture and 2 tbsp of oil.
• Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt.
• Serve with sour cream chives and salmon roe or caviar.

Sweet Potato & Acorn Squash Latkes

You will need:
½ lbs carrots, shredded (2 cups shredded)
¾ lbs acorn squash, trimmed, peeled, &
shredded (2 cups shredded)
¾ lbs sweet potato, peeled & shredded
(2 cups shredded)
1 lbs russet potatoes, peeled, trimmed, &
shredded (3 cups shredded)
4 cups onion (chopped)
4 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground coriander
4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp tumeric
1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
4 large eggs
1 cup matzo meal
Canola or peanut oil
For toppings:
mint leaves


• Working in 2-cup batches, wrap carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, potatoes, & onion in cheesecloth. Tie corners around the handle of a wooden spoon and twist
bundle until liquid flows out and vegetables are dry. Add squeezed vegetables to a large mixing bowl and toss to combine thoroughly.

• Stir in ginger, paprika, coriander & tumeric. Mix in eggs and matzo meal.
Stir in salt and pepper. Form patties with hands, ~ 3” wide & 1” thick. Heat ½”
of oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until a shred of potato
immediately bubbles. Form a small amount of latke mixture into a disk and
fry on both sides until golden brown.

• Transfer to a sheet pan lined with paper towels to cool for 2 minutes, then serve
with zaatar, labneh & mint leaves as toppings.

Apple Pear Latkes

You will need:
1 large egg
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/3 cup low-fat milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ginger
2 tbsp sugar (superfine)
1 apple (grated)
1 pear (grated)
vegetable oil
For toppings:
whipped cream & caramel (non-dairy)


• Beat the egg with the low-fat milk & Greek yogurt. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and sugar into a bowl. Peel, quarter and core the apple and pear, then grate them.

• Pour the milk mixture into the flour bowl. Add the grated apples and pears and fold it together.

• Pour enough oil to come about ¼ inch up in a skillet and put on the stove to heat. Dollop spoonfuls of apple batter into the oil. Fry for a minute or two, until the latkes are a golden brown. Flip them and fry for another minute on the uncooked side.

• Remove to a tray lined with paper towels to blot the excess oil and continue cooking until you’ve used up all the batter. Top with whipped cream and caramel.

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re: potato latkehs vs.???
while these are creative and probably delicious ideas, they are, to those of us who've been around for a long time, not really latkehs. they're more like yummy pancakes, not really reminiscent of chanukah. i know, i know, you're saying get with the program and move on; but i'm too much of a traditionalist for that. to me it's akin to serving some kind of exotic vegetable soup instead of chicken soup friday night.
as far as i'm concerned there's something decidedly heimish about a jewish tradition that's been around for centuries.
(12/7/2017 3:24:13 PM)
hi number 1
can you relax? literally no one is forcing you to make these latkes. go ahead with your potatoes. potato on for 8 nights. as far as you're concerned, DON'T be concerned- it's a latkeh. lighten up.
(12/7/2017 5:33:46 PM)
to #2
yeah, i guess it's a latkeh if you wanna call it that. a freilichen chanukah and much light to all!
(12/8/2017 12:30:00 AM)
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