I am not Jewish. I actually only know two people who are. Nevertheless, I am always wanting to expand my worldly view. Here is a gastronomic introduction to Hanukkah!
Latkes are typically potato pancakes that are eaten during the Festival of Lights. They are shallow-fried in oil and served with sour cream or applesauce (quite the debate as to which is best from what I have read).
Hanukkah begins Tuesday night at sunset-- so let's celebrate with some Veggie Latkes! Obviously, these are non-traditional but I also enjoy making my own traditions. AND I combined the "sour cream" and applesauce for a little sweet & savory dipper.
Makes ~24 medium-sized (3-4") latkes
1 head cauliflower, trimmed and steamed
1 small white onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, finely grated
1 1/2 cups packed fresh baby spinach leaves, finely chopped
2 1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mash to mix. Spoon 3/4 of mixture into a food processor and puree until smooth (but not overly-pureed). Place puree back into bowl and mix into remaining 1/4 of ingredient combination.
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat (prepare with cooking spray if desired). Place 2 Tbsp batter into pan (may cook multiple at the same time, depending on the size of your pan) and press into a circle. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side, flip and cook on other side until lightly brown and cake-like. Remove from pan and serve hot. You may place them on a baking sheet in an oven heated to 200 degrees while remaining latkes cook.
10 oz low fat Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp honey
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve!
Nutrition Info per 4 latkes with 1/4 cup apple yogurt: 107 calories, 2 g fat, 9 g protein, 12 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 198 mg sodium