Why make the same old latkes when you can mix it up a bit this Hanukkah? I’ve seen tons of recipes that use sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, zucchini but I love good and honest potato latkes. This year I stuck with potatoes and added a little Greek flavours to the mix.
Instead of a classic box grater, I tried using a mandolin with a shredding attachment to get those long strands of potato. If you have a spiralizer, give that a try too for fun, swirly latkes. Then mix it with lots of crumbled feta and spinach to give it that Spanakopita taste. Tzatziki made with sour cream is the perfect accompaniment, to these crispy treats.
Tip: Squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the latkes mix before placing them in the pan. It will make for crispier latkes that stay together when cooked. Enjoy and have a happy Hanukkah!
Serves: 15 latkes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
1 kirby cucumber, shredded or chopped very finely
1 cup sour cream
1 clove garlic, minced
1 ½ Tbsp lemon juice
800 g Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and shredded on a mandoline or box grater
½ yellow onion, grated and water squeezed out
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 255g package frozen spinach, thawed and water squeezed out well
1 ½ Tbsp flour
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 large egg
canola oil for frying
Maldon or other flaky salt to finish
1. Place shredded cucumbers in a strainer over a bowl and sprinkle with salt.
2. Allow the cucumbers to release some of their water for 5 minutes.
3. Squeeze out as much water as possible from the cucumbers and combine them with the rest of the tzatziki ingredients in a bowl.
4. Set in the fridge until ready to serve.
1. Pre-heat the oven to 200˚F. Place a cooling rack onto a baking sheet. This will be to keep the latkes warm while frying them up in batches.
2. Combine the shredded potatoes, grated onion, feta cheese, spinach, flour, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
3. Whisk the egg in a separate bowl and combine with the potato mixture.
4. Heat a large skillet with 1/3” of oil over medium-low heat.
5. Fry the latkes by measuring out a ¼ cup of mix and squeezing out all the liquid and placing them in the hot oil. Flatten out a bit like a pancake.
6. Fry for 2 ½ – 3 minutes per side in batches making sure not to crowd the pan. Add more oil if needed between batches, just be sure to make sure the temperature of the oil comes back up before frying more latkes.
7. Remove the latkes from the oil and transfer to the cooling rack. Sprinkle with Maldon or flaky sea salt and keep warm in the pre-heated oven until ready to serve.
8. Serve with the tzatziki sauce on the side.