Sunday, December 18, 2011

80--- Veggie Latkes with Apple Yogurt

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.

Veggie Latkes
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
2 eggs
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.

Apple Yogurt
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

1 comment:

  1. I'm allll sorts of Latked Out - and the unhealthy simple deep fried carb version too. These would have been a great alternative. Genius. ~Megan