4 Fresh Takes on Traditional Latkes

4 Fresh Takes on Traditional Latkes

Discover 4 ways to make traditional latkes not-so traditional.

By: The Daily Clutch

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Latkes, or potato pancakes, are a traditional holiday food that should really be enjoyed any time. Here are some ways to make them not so traditional, so you and your family can enjoy them year round.

Sweet Potato Latkes

1 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled
Salt and pepper to taste
2 eggs
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup vegetable oil


  1. Shred the sweet potatoes in a food processor until they are the consistency of hash browns
  2. Add salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl and add the eggs and flour, mix well
  3. Using your hands, form a 2 1/2-to-3-inch patty about 1/2 inch thick
  4. In a cast iron skillet, heat the oil and fry each latke on both sides, about 3 minutes each
  5. Let dry on a plate lined with a paper towel, adding salt and pepper to taste

Veggie-Feta Latkes

1/2 cup grated zucchini
1 cup peeled and shredded potatoes
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, lightly beaten
Salt and pepper, to taste
3/4 cup matzo meal
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup vegetable oil



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  1. Place the zucchini, potato and carrots in a colander with paper towels or cheesecloth over the top, and squeeze out as much moisture as possible
  2. Sprinkle salt over the vegetables and let them drain for 15 minutes, then squeeze again to remove additional moisture
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, vegetables, salt and pepper
  4. Stir in matzo meal or flour, then add the parsley and feta
  5. Heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan. Form vegetable mixture into pancake-sized cakes and fry until golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side
  6. Drain fried latkes on paper towels

Tri-colored Latkes

1 Yukon Gold potato, peeled
1 sweet potato, peeled
1 beet, peeled
1/2 onion, peeled
1 egg
Salt and pepper to taste
1-2 teaspoons chipotle chile pepper
Neutral oil for frying
Sour cream


  1. Shred all the vegetables in a food processor
  2. Add the egg, spices and chipotle pepper and mix to combine
  3. Heat enough oil in a large cast iron skillet to cover the bottom while forming the latkes and cook the 3-5 minutes on each side, taking care to flip gently
  4. Mix sour cream and horseradish to taste and serve with cooked latkes

Dessert Apple Latkes

2 red apples, peeled and shredded
2 green apples, peeled and shredded
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/3 teaspoon baking powder
Vegetable oil


  1. Combine all ingredients and let sit in fridge for 20 minutes
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet
  3. Form 3-inch patties with your hands, about 1/2 inch thick. Fry in the oil for about 3-4 minutes
  4. Cool latkes on a paper towel and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving

Article written by Katie Simpson, contributor for The Daily Clutch.

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