Foods fried in oil are so often incorporated into a Hanukkah meal — in part, as a way to recognize the legendary miracle oil that burned for eight days and nights in ancient Jerusalem. If you celebrate the holiday, you probably know at least a basic latke recipe, but why not try some that include a few unusual ingredients? Scallions, parsnips, carrots and artichokes all do well for savory versions, while pumpkin, apple and sweet potato help create delicious, sweeter latkes and fritters.
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by Judy Bart Kancigor
The "splat method" here results in extremely thin, crunchy latkes. Making them in the blender is easy, and there's a low-fat version to try too.
Per serving (1 latke): 43 calories, 0g saturated fat, 6g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 1g fiber, 116mg sodium
by Sharon Lebewohl
Zucchini, broccoli, spinach, carrot and scallions add color, flavor and nutrition to these fried pancakes. You could even add sun-dried tomatoes for extra zing.
Per serving (2 latkes plus 1 tablespoon sour cream): 283 calories, 4g saturated fat, 16g carbohydrates, 6g protein, 1g fiber, 534mg sodium
by Amy Traverso
Since sweet potatoes contain less water than baking potatoes, they're more suited to grating in the food processor without ending up in a puddle. This recipe combines them with apples and shallots — a wonderful mix of flavors.
Per serving (1 latke): 82 calories, 0g saturated fat, 13g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 2g fiber, 201mg sodium
by Joan Nathan
Leeks, rather than potatoes, are the basis for these tasty fritters. They're healthy and hearty, dotted with pine nuts, cilantro and Parmesan cheese.
Per serving (1 latke): 40 calories, 0g saturated fat, 3g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 0g fiber, 70mg sodium
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