You don’t have to feel like you gained 10 pounds this Hanuka. Try these low fat healthy sweet potato latkes and enjoy every minute of Hanuka with your kids. Try to sneak in whole wheat pastry flour instead of the white flour and this may become an all year round treat for your family!
My sister in law made this great latkes version and she found that it worked better on parchment paper rather than tin foil.
No-Fry Latkes with special permission by Norene Gilletz from her fabulous cookbook Healthy Helpings.
One no-fry latke contains just 1 gram of fat, compared to 2.7 grams for the fried version!
- 1 very large sweet potato,plus 2 Idaho potatoes
- 4 tsp. canola or vegetable oil, divided
- 1 medium onion
- 1 clove garlic, if desired
- 1 tbsp. fresh dill (or 1 tsp. dried)
- 1 egg & 2 egg whites (or 2 eggs),lightly beaten
- 1/4 c. flour (white or whole wheat)
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
*1. Place oven racks on the lowest and middle positions in your oven. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Spray each sheet of parchment paper lightly with non-stick spray, then brush each sheet with 1 tsp. of oil. (This provides a crispy exterior to the latke.)
2. Peel potatoes or scrub them well if you don’t want to peel them. Grate potatoes. (The processor does this quickly.) Transfer them to another bowl. Use the processor to finely mince onion, garlic and dill. Add potatoes, egg, egg whites and remaining 2 tsp. of oil to the processor. Mix using quick on/off turns. Add remaining ingredients and mix briefly. If over-processed, potatoes will be too fine.
3. Drop mixture by rounded spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Flatten slightly with the back of the spoon to form latkes. Bake uncovered at 450°F for 10 minutes, or until bottoms are nicely browned and crispy. Turn latkes over. Transfer pan from the upper rack to the lower rack and vice versa. Bake about 8 to 10 minutes longer, or until brown. Best when served immediately.
*Note: Alternatively, line the pan with parchment paper, such as Chefs Select. Bake uncovered at 425°F for 12 minutes. Ensure the paper does not extend beyond the baking sheet or touch the walls of the oven.
Yield: 2 dozen medium latkes or 6 dozen minis.
Serve with applesauce, low-fat sour cream or yogurt topped with minced lox and chives. Latkes freeze well.
36 calories per medium latke, 1 g fat (0.1 saturated), 9 mg cholesterol, 1 g protein, 6 g carbohydrate, 92 mg sodium, 143 mg potassium, trace iron, <1 g fiber, 10 mg calcium.
NO-FRY IDAHO POTATO LATKES:
Prepare latkes as directed above, but use 4 or 5 medium Idaho potatoes (2 lb./1 kg.). One latke contains 50 calories, 1.3 g fat and 18 mg cholesterol.
Norene Gilletz is a cookbook author and food writer based in Toronto, Canada. Her world revolves around food! For more information about Norene’s kosher cookbooks, visit www.gourmania.com.
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