Sunday, December 5, 2010

Potato Pancake Power

This weekend I tried my hand at a dish that's new to me: latkes.

With Hanukah in full-swing, Cooking Light did a feature article on latkes (Jewish potato pancakes) in their latest holiday issue. Seeing as I'm not Jewish, I've never been fortunate enough to taste an authentic latke before, but Cooking Light's recipes looked incredibly enticing.

And let's face it: who doesn't love crispy potatoes?

Since I'm never one to shy away from a cooking challenge, I completely by-passed the "Classic Latke" recipe and went straight to the non-traditional feature: "Curried Butternut Squash and Potato Latkes with Apple Salsa."

The result: Pure potato bliss. I was one starch-happy woman after that dinner.

The seasonings were fantastic--curry, coriander, cilantro, and cinnamon. Talk about a party in your mouth. I subbed in sweet potatoes for regular potatoes, which I definitely recommend (a little extra vitamin A and beta carotene never hurt anyone). And the apple-lime salsa is just not optional--it adds a wonderful sweet n' tart accompaniment to your potato-packed plate.

For those of you celebrating Hanukah this week, enjoy! And thank you for bringing such wonderful latke recipes to our tables.

Curried Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Latkes with Apple-Lime Salsa
(a Cooking Light magazine recipe)

This recipe has already been marked as a favorite in our recipe notebook (Yes--On the first night we made it!). A word of caution: Our latkes had some trouble sticking together--perhaps because we used more grated potato than the recipe called for. If you experience the same difficulty, you may want to add an additional egg, or simply scramble it up into potato hash (which is what Adam ended up doing with the last batch).

  • 1 - 1/2 cups finely chopped apple
  • 1 TBSP lime juice
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh cilantro (we were out, so we used dried; I definitely recommend using fresh!)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • optional: If you like hot foods, you can add a finely chopped serrano chile
  • 3 cups shredded, peeled butternut squash
  • 3 cups shredded, peeled sweet potato
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 6 TBSP flour
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 - 3 TBSP fresh, chopped cilantro
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
1) Combine apple and lime juice in a bowl. Add onion, 2 TBSP cilantro, 1/8 tsp. salt (and chile if you're using). Cover and chill.

2) Combine squash, potato, and onion in a colander. Drain for 30 minutes, pressing occasionally with the back of a spoon until barely moist. Combine potato mixture with 1/2 tsp. salt, flour, curry powder, coriander, pepper, cinnamon, cilantro, and egg. Toss well.

3) Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 4 tsp. oil to pan . Spoon 1/4 cup potato mixture into the pan and flatten slightly. Repeat to form about 5 latkes (or however many will fit in your pan). Saute 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and thoroughly cooked. Repeat until all of the potato mixture is gone. Serve with apple-lime salsa.


  1. Bookmarked! <3 These look ahhhhhmazing!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  2. I always love trying new cultural foods too! I actually ripped out this recipe from Cooking Light and I totally love your idea of sweet potatoes better. I can never pass up anything potato!! :-)

  3. I just had my first latke this past fall and it was amazingly delish. Ironically, they look pretty similar to yours!!

  4. I love potato pancakes, but always make the traditional recipe. I love the adaptations in this one!

  5. Oh man, I love latkes. One of the perks growing up in a large Jewish community!

  6. OMG: Your latkes sound amazing. Wonderful combo of ingredients!

  7. I've wanted to try latkes. But they seem so hard, and I had a bad experience with shredded sweet potato cakes once which deterred me. Good job. They look delicious.

  8. These sound and look so delicious! I love latkes, but I've never made them on my own. The unique flavors in this recipe make me want to change dinner plans so I can whip up this dish tonight! Thank you so much for sharing. I hope your week is full of joy!

  9. I haven't had latkes in so long. It's like a hashbrown but way better. This twist on the classic sounds fantastic. I don't know how I missed it... I love CL! :)

  10. I must say, this is the most intersting looking recipe I have ever come across lol I have never had anything like this before! Btw, I am TOTALLY making those shortbread cookies from your last post :)

  11. Nice job, these always look so good!

  12. I'm a potato person too. This sweet potato version pancake is so light and delicious and I must try making them. Thanks for sharing :D

  13. I have a 20 lb. box of sweet potatoes, and I know what I'm making with some of them! This looks great! :)

  14. I don't think I've ever had a latke, but have been wanting to try a sweet potato version. These sound amazing, and so does that salsa!