Healthy Latke Makeover for Chanukah

A classic, crispy potato latke adds fun, flavor and unfortunately fat to your holiday celebrations.  I gave this traditionally oily dish a bit of a health makeover—without sacrificing the taste of course.

My friend Pam told me that she makes her latkes with beets. I was so thrilled to think of all the other vegetable possibilities that I spent the day experimenting in a now greasy yet delicious kitchen. Here are my favorite yummy combinations:


  • 1 large carrot,1 large beet, one medium sized parsnip, one large yam, all grated in a food processor or hand grater and separated in their own bowls
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped or processed in a food processor
  • 4 rounded TBS flour
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • pinch baking soda
  • pinch of salt (more to taste after they are done)
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 12″ frying pan (I use cast iron)


  • In one big colander, add shredded yams and beets and 1/2 the onion. Press out as much of the liquid as you can. Transfer to a large bowl and add one beaten egg and stir to combine. Then in another colander or same one rinsed out, add the shredded parsnip and carrots and the other 1/2 of the onion. Drain liquid and add one egg and stir. Transfer each mixture to their own bowls.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Add 1/2 dry mixture to each bowl of wet and stir until combined.
  • On a cutting board or plates, mold some latkes, I do 3-4″ wide, about 1/2-3/4″ thick.
  • Place skillet over medium to high flame. After a minute or two, add the oil. Let it heat up for a few minutes (when you throw in a piece of the potato and it sizzles, you are ready to fry!).
  • Place in as many latkes as will fit in the pan by sliding them off the plates with a spatula, allowing an inch or so of space in between so you have room to flip them and the temperature of the oil won’t go down too much. This higher temp will also keep the latkes from getting overly greasy and soggy.
  • Line a plate with paper towels. Fry for about 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown and then place on paper towel lined plate. Eat immediately with the traditional sour cream or applesauce or any other condiment. In my house it will most certainly be sour cream and ketchup, although I also tried them with my apple cider reduction which was phenomenal.

Enjoy and be thankful that this tasty treat won’t be going to your hips!

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