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Monday, December 6, 2010

Low Calorie Baked Latkes for Hanukah

low calorie latke
My favorite Hanukah “treat” is the latke, or traditional potato pancake.  You don’t have to be Jewish to love these.  I have modified a more traditional recipe to make it more waistline friendly, and thought I would share it with you for the holidays.  I think you will agree that this delicious latke can and should be eaten all throughout the year, not just during December!  This is one of my favorite comfort foods that really take me back to my younger years. This recipe makes two dozen 100-calorie latkes.

Yummy Baked Latkes
3 pounds shredded Russet potatoes
2 large white onions, shredded
¼ cup minced shallots
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup Egg Beaters egg substitute
½ cup matzo meal
1 teaspoon black or white pepper
olive oil for baking sheet

Place all ingredients, except olive oil, into a large mixing bowl.  Mix. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Use oil to lightly coat your baking sheet to avoid sticking. Scoop the mixture into the oil, using a 1/3 cup scoop or measuring cup. Cook in oven for 15-20 minutes, then flip each latke over and cook for another 10 minutes.   You can also make a delicious version of this latke by substituting sweet potatoes for the Russet potatoes.

You can reheat leftover latkes in a 300 degree oven for about 15 minutes; I don’t recommend reheating in the microwave, as it may make your latkes soggy.  One traditional way to serve latkes is with low fat sour cream, or applesauce, which is also super yummy. A good one to try is Apple Blackberry sauce.


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