Potato pancakes, also called latkes, are a traditional Hanukkah treat. For sweetness and color (as well as beta carotene), carrots have been added. Whereas traditional latkes are deep-fried in oil, these lighter latkes are panfried, then finished in a hot oven until they are crispy. Plain yogurt makes a healthy stand-in for a traditional accompaniment, sour cream. Per two-pancake serving: 196 calories; 2 g protein; 15 g fat; 15 g carb.
- Yield: Makes 16 3 1/2-inch pancakes
Source: Body+Soul, November/December 2005
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 pound potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated
- 1/2 pound (about 3 medium) carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 6-9 tablespoons canola oil
- Plain yogurt, or applesauce (as a condiment)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and prepare a baking sheet.
Peel potatoes and coarsely grate into a colander. Mix in lemon juice and drain for 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, stir together the carrots and egg. Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper.
In a large (at least 10-inch) heavy nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Spoon 1/4 cup of the mixture loosely in the pan so it forms a pancake. Repeat to make 3 more pancakes. Press on each lightly with a flat spatula to make a cake about 1/2 inch wide. Cook until browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Turn the cakes over and brown the other side, about 3 minutes.
Transfer to the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pancake mixture, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan with each batch, depending on how much oil is remaining in the pan.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes to cook the pancakes through. Drain briefly on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. Serve while hot, with yogurt and/or applesauce.