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9 Hanukkah Latkes and Fritters

Try these different twists on the traditional holiday treats

Crunchy Kugel in Baking Dish, Cookstr recipes for Hanukah (Scrivani, Andrew/the food passionates/Corbis)

Make Hanukkah extra special this year with a twist on traditional holiday recipes. — Andrew Scrivani/the food passionates/Corbis

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.

See also: 10 fall farmers market recipes

1. Potato Latkes

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

2. Vegetable Latkes

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

3. Sweet Potato-Apple Latkes

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

4. Aharoni's Pan-Sephardic Leek Latkes

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

Next page: 5 more unique Hanukkah recipes. »

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