Latke Loving!

Everyone loves a latke.  They are like hash-brown-tater-tots of joy.  Warm and golden brown, with crispy exteriors and creamy interiors, they are heavenly dipped in sour cream and a bit of hot sauce (or apple sauce if you are like my boring family).

But what happens when you mix it up a bit?  When you take, say:

5 zucchini, 3 potatoes, 1 onion, and one bunch of scallions all run through the food processor so they are grated.  Then let them drain in a colander so all the liquid comes out-maybe 30 minutes of just standing there.  PLEASE don’t skip this step, unless you want soggy and leaden pancakes.
Didn’t think you did.
 Then add 2 eggs and at least 2 cups of flour-enough to make a pretty thick mortar.

Then you add some Moroccan spices.  Cumin, cinnamon, red pepper flakes…or, what the hell, go with a great spice blend like we did.  Don’t be shy, now!  Those potatoes soak up a lot of seasoning!

Then you take teensy weensy little balls of the stuff-smaller than you think they should be, really-and put them onto a medium hot griddle or pan that is schmeared with shimmering olive oil (Hanukkah does celebrate the miracle of oil, after all).

You want to flatten them out as thinly so they brown up and crisp in a lovely manner in about 4 or 5 minutes…

like this!  By now your house should be fragrant with the onion, the spices, and the oil.  Get that sour cream out of the fridge so you can be ready to dig in.

When you flip them, wait another 3 minutes or so and then take them off the griddle.  Repeat until done!  Do you see how much FUN it is?!

When they are done they are just so delicious.  The zucchini meld into the potato so the whole mixture is more gold than green, but the zucchini’s sweetness is prevalent throughout.  The savory caramelized onions and the fresh scallions accent the sweet and spicy Moroccan seasonings.  Throw some sour cream on there, and you have heaven.  Or Hanukkah.  Which can, after all, be one and the same.


  1. whozyerdanny says:

    Now this is a nice twist! I gotta make me some.

  2. Fritos and Foie Gras says:

    @Whozyerdanny-yeah you do! 😉

  3. Back in July, Elizabeth took me to a place in Brooklyn that she claimed made the best latkes she's ever had. I did not think much of them. But these that you made? That looks like my style.

    (BTW, I don't know if you're into nail polish, but Elizabeth is giving away a bottle of Chanel on her blog. I have no need for it, obviously, so I'm just telling people I like!)

  4. Fritos and Foie Gras says:

    @JustinM-thank you so much! i'm totally entering that giveaway! and yes please do try these latkes-i know you could jazz them up WAY more than i did!


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