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Latkes | No-Fry Sweet Potato Latkes | Mini
Potato "Latkes" | Easy Potato Latkes
Whether you spell them latkas or latkes, they are absolutely luscious! Here are some simple secrets
Although potato latkes are a traditional Chanukah treat, why not experiment with
other vegetables such as zucchini, sweet potatoes, carrots and spinach?
I like to use Idaho (russet) potatoes because they are higher in starch, with a
lower water content. You can also use red potatoes or Yukon Golds successfully.
The processor grates potatoes in a flash! Immediately add grated onions - the
onion juice forms a barrier against the oxygen, preventing the potatoes from
Some cooks like to rinse the grated potatoes in a colander, squeezing them dry.
You can also crush half of a Vitamin C tablet and add it to the grated potatoes
to keep the mixture white.
Lighten up! Instead of frying,
latkes for a lower-fat version.
Alternatively, use a non-stick skillet and a minimum of oil. I find olive oil
gives a wonderful flavor.
Latkes can be made in advance and frozen. After cooking, arrange them in a
single layer on a baking sheet. When frozen, wrap them well. To save space when
freezing or reheating latkes, stand them upright in a loaf pan, like soldiers!
Reheat them uncovered at 375°F for about 10 minutes, until crispy and
Serve latkes with applesauce,
sour cream (regular or low-fat) or a dollop of yoghurt. Top with thinly sliced
smoked salmon and a sprig of dill for an elegant appetizer.
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Source: Healthy Helpings
Enjoy! If you prefer to fry latkes instead of baking them, don't add oil to the
latke mixture as directed below. Use a non-stick skillet and fry latkes in a
little oil, about 2 tsp. per batch. Drain on paper towels to absorb oil.
One no-fry latke
contains just 1 gram of fat, compared to 2.7 grams for the fried
4 tsp. canola or vegetable oil,
4 or 5 medium Idaho potatoes (2 lb./1 kg.)
1 medium onion
1 clove garlic, if desired
1 tbsp. fresh dill (or 1 tsp. dried)
1 egg & 2 egg whites (or 2 eggs), lightly beaten
1/4 c. flour (white or whole wheat)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
*1. Place oven racks on the lowest and middle positions in your oven.
Preheat oven to 450°F. Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil. Spray each
baking sheet lightly with non-stick spray, then brush each baking sheet with 1
tsp. of oil. (This provides a crispy exterior to the latke.)
2. Peel potatoes or scrub them well if you don't want to peel them. Grate
potatoes. (The processor does this quickly.) Transfer them to another bowl. Use
the processor to finely mince onion, garlic and dill. Add potatoes, egg, egg
whites and remaining 2 tsp. of oil to the processor. Mix using quick on/off
turns. Add remaining ingredients and mix briefly. If over-processed, potatoes
will be too fine.
3. Drop mixture by rounded spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Flatten
slightly with the back of the spoon to form latkes. Bake uncovered at 450°F for
10 minutes, or until bottoms are nicely browned and crispy. Turn latkes over.
Transfer pan from the upper rack to the lower rack and vice versa. Bake about 8
to 10 minutes longer, or until brown. Best when served immediately.
Alternatively, line the pan with parchment paper, such as Chefs
Select. Bake uncovered at 425°F for 12 minutes. Ensure the paper
does not extend beyond the baking sheet or touch the walls of the oven.
2 dozen medium
latkes or 6 dozen minis.
applesauce, low-fat sour cream
or yogurt topped with minced lox and chives. Latkes freeze well.
36 calories per medium
latke, 1 g fat (0.1 saturated), 9 mg cholesterol, 1 g protein, 6 g carbohydrate,
92 mg sodium, 143 mg potassium, trace iron, <1 g fiber, 10 mg calcium.
SWEET POTATO LATKES
Prepare latkes as directed above, but use 1 large sweet
potato, 2 Idaho potatoes and 2 eggs plus 2 egg whites (or 3
eggs). One latke contains 50 calories, 1.3 g fat and 18 mg cholesterol.
VEGGIE LATKES WITH SMOKED SALMON AND TZATZIKI
Norene's Healthy Kitchen
Makes about 4 dozen
Don't bother peeling the potatoes, Gilletz says: Just scrub them. And if
you don't have or like sweet potato, use another Idaho.
1 medium onion, cut into chunks
1 Idaho potato, cut into chunks
1 medium sweet potato, cut into chunks
1 carrot, cut into chunks
1 medium zucchini, cut into chunks
1 red pepper, seeded and cut into chunks
2 eggs, or 1 egg plus two egg whites
1/3 cup (75 mL) matzo meal or whole-wheat breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons (30 mL) chopped fresh dill
3 to 4 tablespoons (45 to 60 mL) olive oil, for frying (plus more as needed)
1 cup (250 mL) tzatziki (see note)
1/4 pound (125 g) smoked salmon, cut into bite-size pieces
Additional dill, for garnish
In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, process the vegetables in
batches until finely minced, 8 to 10 seconds.
Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl and add the eggs, matzo meal, salt,
pepper and dill and mix well. Spray a large nonstick frying pan with cooking
spray, add 1 tablespoon (15 mL) oil and heat over medium-high heat. Drop the
batter from a teaspoon into the hot oil to form pancakes. Don't crowd the pan.
Flatten each latke slightly with the back of the spoon, reduce heat to medium
and brown well on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove latkes from the
pan as ready and drain on paper towels. Add more oil to the pan as needed and
stir batter before cooking each new batch of latkes. If latkes are for
immediate consumption, keep them warm in a 250-degree (120C) oven.
(Otherwise, latkes keep well in fridge for up to 2 days and freeze well for
up to a month. Reheat, uncovered in a preheated 400 degree F/200C oven for
about 10 minutes, or until crispy. No need to defrost first.)
When ready to serve, arrange latkes on a platter and top each with a dollop
of tzatziki, smoked salmon and a sprig of dill.
Variations: Instead of zucchini, you could use 1 10-ounce (300 g) package
of frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry.
If you'd prefer to bake these mini latkes instead of frying them, place
oven racks on lowest and middle position and preheat oven to 450 degrees F
(230C). Drop the latke mixture by the teaspoon onto well-oiled baking sheets
and flatten slightly. Bake 10 minutes or until bottoms are browned and crispy.
Turn latkes over, switch pans - bottom to middle and vice versa - and bake 8
to 10 minutes more.
Note: To make your own
tzatziki, peel and grate 1 medium English cucumber,
place in a strainer and press gently to drain excess liquid. Mix with 3 to 4
finely chopped green onions, 1 or 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/4 cup (50 mL)
minced fresh dill or mint, salt and freshly ground pepper and 11/2 cups (375
mL) sour cream. (For a lower-fat version, make yogourt cheese by draining
low-fat yogourt through a coffee filter in a strainer over a bowl in the
fridge for 3 to 4 hours.) Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
nutritional content per 4 mini latkes:
Dietary fibre..............................1 g
recipes from Norene's Healthy Kitchen in the review
in the Montreal Gazette
SMASHED POTATO “LATKES”
Source: Norene's Healthy Kitchen
A no-grate alternative to potato latkes, these are a wonderful way to get rid of your frustration— just smash away. Baby red-skinned new potatoes have a lower glycemic index than baking potatoes. Small potatoes—big potassium count.
8 baby red-skinned potatoes (2 to 21/2 inches in diameter)
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive or canola oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp lemon pepper (or to taste)
Dried basil, garlic powder, onion powder, and/or paprika
1. Boil the potatoes in salted water to cover for 15 to 20 minutes or until fork tender. Drain well. (If desired, the potatoes can be prepared in advance up to this point and refrigerated for a day or two.)
2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Place the potatoes in a single layer about 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Cover one potato with a piece of parchment paper. Smash it once or twice with the flat part of the palm of your hand, making a flat disc about 4 inches in diameter. Round off any ragged edges by pushing them together with your fingers. Repeat with the remaining potatoes.
4. Brush the tops of the smashed potatoes lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings. Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden and crispy. If desired, turn over the potatoes halfway through the cooking process.
Yield: 8 potatoes. Recipe doubles or triples easily. Reheats well. Don’t freeze.
139 calories per potato, 27.0 g carbohydrate, 2.5 g fiber, 3 g protein, 2.0 g fat (0.3 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 156 mg sodium, 752 mg potassium, 1 mg iron, 13 mg calcium
* All Season
Smashers: Sprinkle potatoes lightly with your favorite seasonings such as seasoning salt or coarse salt, rosemary,
dillweed, or thyme. Bake as directed.
* Loxy “Latkes”: Buy the smallest baby potatoes you can find; prepare and bake as directed. To serve, arrange on a serving platter and top each “latke” with a dollop of light sour cream, a slice of smoked salmon, and a sprig of dillweed.
recipes from Norene's appearance on Canada AM on Dec. 22, 2008
EASY POTATO LATKES
Adapted from The Food Processor Bible
I usually use Idaho (russet) potatoes, but to make them more nutritious and lower their glycemic index, you can make them with Purple Sweeties, which are purple-peel sweet potatoes with cream-colored flesh. Serve latkes with applesauce, yogurt or light sour cream.
4 medium potatoes peeled or scrubbed (or substitute Purple Sweeties)
1 medium onion
2 eggs (or 1 egg plus 2 egg whites)
1/3 cup flour or matzo meal
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 Tbsp oil (plus more as needed for frying latkes)
Cut potatoes in chunks and onion in half. Place in processor with eggs. Process on the Steel Blade until pureed, 20 to 30 seconds. Add remaining ingredients except oil; process a few seconds longer to blend into a smooth mixture.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Drop potato mixture into hot oil by large spoonfuls to form pancakes; brown well on both sides. Drain well on paper towels. Add additional oil to pan as needed. Stir batter before cooking each new batch. Latkes can be placed on a parchment-lined baking sheet and kept warm in a 250 degree F oven.
(To bake latkes instead of frying, place oven racks on lowest and middle positions in oven. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Drop potato mixture by spoonfuls onto well-oiled baking sheets; flatten slightly. Bake 10 minutes, until bottoms are browned and crispy. Turn latkes over. Transfer pan from upper rack to lower rack and vice versa. Bake 8 to 10 minutes longer.)
Yield: about 2 dozen or 5 dozen miniatures. Freezes well.
* Sweet potatoes with a purple peel and
cream-coloured flesh (such as Purple
Sweeties) have a lower glycemic index than regular potatoes and are less sweet than orange-fleshed sweet potatoes. Their taste and texture are similar to regular potatoes, but they are more nutritious.
recipes from Norene's appearance on Canada AM on Dec. 22, 2008
Source: Healthy Helpings
Applesauce makes a wonderful accompaniment to potato
latkas, or is a simple,
delicious dessert on its own. My Baba Masha always added a ripe pear. Her
applesauce was the best!
8 medium apples*
1 Bartlett pear, optional
1/4 cup water or apple juice**
3 to 4 tbsp. sugar (or equivalent sweetener)**
1 tsp. cinnamon
and core the apples and pear. Cut them into chunks. Combine all
ingredients (except artificial sweetener, if using) in a large saucepan.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook partially covered for 20
to 25 minutes, until tender.
If you have a food mill, cook apples without peeling. Wash well before
cooking and discard stems. After cooking, put mixture through a food
mill. Applesauce will be rosy pink.
If using apple juice, use minimum amount of sugar or sweetener. If you
want the apples to keep their shape, add sugar after cooking, not
before. If using sweetener, add after cooking.
microwave, cook covered on HIGH power for 6 to 8 minutes, or
until tender. Stir once or twice during cooking.
up applesauce with a spoon, or serve it chunky.
124 calories per serving, 0.8 g fat (0.1 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, <1 g
protein, 32 g carbohydrate, 2 mg sodium, 166 mg potassium, trace iron, 5 g
fiber, 14 mg calcium.