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Healthier Potato Latkes

Whether you are Jewish or not, everyone loves a good potato latke. And since Hanukkah is coming up, I thought I'd share one of my favorite recipes.

The thing is, this tradition of making latkes has to do with celebrating the miracle of oil, so you can't exactly remove the oil in the recipe. I've had baked latkes before - they're just not the same.

It's ok to live it up a little, especially around the holidays. The calories don't count anyway when you eat them with family, right? Right.

Why not compromise by using less oil? Instead of frying them in a sea of oil, try using only enough oil to cover the pan.

If you want to know how to make them,

Potato Latkes

2 eggs
3 cups grated, drained potatoes (6 medium potatoes)
4 tbsp grated onion
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
olive oil

  • Saute the onion until slightly browned.
  • Beat the eggs in a bowl. Mix in the grated potatoes, cooked onion, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and flour.
  • Cover a pan with 1-2 tbsp of oil, and turn the heat to medium.
  • Scoop the mixture out in little balls and drop onto the pan, flattening with a spatula. (They should be about the size of an orange slice)
  • Cook until crispy brown on both sides, and lay them on paper towels to soak up any extra oil.
  • Serve warm with applesauce or sour cream.
  • Why we love it: They're fun to make, and potatoes actually have Vitamin C in them, so they're great to eat during this time of year when just about everyone is sick.

    Fit's Tip: Try adding a little bit of grated sweet potato, carrot, or zucchini to the mixture.

Join The Conversation
hmmmmmmmmmm hmmmmmmmmmm 9 years
Oy, please do not fry in olive oil and especially not canola oil! When you heat olive and canola oils (and basically any oils aside from coconut, butter and grapeseed oil) it changes the structure of the oil and it becomes a transfat, as in HYDROGENATED!!! Grapeseed oil is an economical and much healthier alternative, and virgin or extra virgin coconut oil is the best to cook with. And canola crops are sprayed so heavily with pesticides and junk that you just don't ever want to touch those, cooked or uncooked.
kevindineen kevindineen 10 years
I love tater tots. These look like gourmet flattened tater tots... mmmmmm flattened gourmet tater tots. Mazel tov!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
i am a total potato freak, and this is SO ruining my diet! haha! but i've not had a latke ever, so i'm obliged to try them right?! ;)
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I know this is generalizing it but if you like hashbrowns or tater tots then you will definitly like these
Beaner Beaner 10 years
Yeah, they're kind of like flat tater tots - well sort of - but MUCH better.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Jen and Fitness- its like a potato pancake. They are really good
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Potatos have vitamin c in them? Nice. So, I should stop cursing Audreystar and SweetPeasMom for turning me into a tater freak?
JessNess JessNess 10 years
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I love these!!!!!! Sometimes we will take leftover mash and make them into little potato pancakes. Its not the traditional way to make them but it is oh so good and a great way to use up left over mash
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I don't even know what a latke is, so I guess not fitnessgirl. :P
DStirk DStirk 10 years
u know i have never had a latke. is that weird?
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