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A Healthy Hanukkah Latke

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1A Healthy Hanukkah Latke Empty A Healthy Hanukkah Latke on 9th December 2009, 7:32 pm

A Healthy Hanukkah Latke
Hanukkah, an eight-day Jewish holiday that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, begins this week. To help you celebrate, we gave the traditional pancake latke recipe a makeover, using South Beach Diet-friendly ingredients like heart-healthy canola oil, sweet potatoes, and zucchini. This healthy latke recipe is sure to bring joy to your holiday table.

Sweet Potato and Zucchini Latkes (Phase 2)

Our twist on this Hanukkah favorite yields a crispy and slightly sweet pancake. Prepare the batter right before cooking to prevent excess liquid and soggy cakes; pour off any excess liquid while cooking if you need to. These lacy latkes are delicate, so don’t press down too hard on them once they’re in the pan.

Make-Ahead: Latkes can be made up to 6 hours in advance and kept covered at room temperature. Reheat on a baking sheet (preferably dark-bottomed) at 375°F until warmed through, about 5 minutes.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Makes 24 (2") latkes

1 medium zucchini (1/2 pound), ends trimmed
1 large sweet potato (3/4 pound), peeled
1/4 cup minced onion
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons canola oil
Unsweetened applesauce (optional)

Slice zucchini lengthwise and remove seeds. Coarsely grate zucchini and sweet potato in a food processor or with a hand grater; transfer to a medium bowl. Add onion, egg, salt, and pepper; stir to combine.

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in 2 batches, add zucchini mixture by heaping tablespoons to skillet, gently flattening with the back of the spoon as you go. Cook until the edges are golden, 1 to 2 minutes, then flip and cook until bottom is golden, about 1 minute more (adjust heat if necessary to prevent burning). Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and remaining zucchini mixture. Serve latkes hot with applesauce on the side, if desired.

Nutritional information
Per serving:
100 calories
1 g fat (0 g sat)
20 g carbohydrate
4 g protein
4 g fiber
220 mg sodium

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