A Heart-Healthy Holiday Recipe
Latkes, or potato pancakes, are a staple during the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights. Traditionally, latkes are fried in oil, but that's also a recipe for inflammation. Skip the excess fat and calories and try baking your latkes this year. To make your recipe even healthier, try adding turmeric, which contains curcumin—a powerful natural anti-inflammatory.
- 1 Tbsp. light olive oil
- 2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
- ½ tsp. ground turmeric
- ½ tsp. ground cloves
- 1 cup fresh or jarred applesauce (unsweetened)
- 1 tsp. light olive oil
- 1 lb. russet potatoes, peeled (if desired)
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- ½ tsp. Celtic sea or Kosher salt
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 large range-free, cage-free, or organic egg
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 3 Tbsp. potato flour
To make the Ginger-Spiced Applesauce: Heat 1 Tbsp. light olive oil in a small pan over medium-high heat. Add ginger and sauté for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until ginger is light brown and fragrant. Add ground cloves and turmeric, and cook for another 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir the aromatic spices into the applesauce well.
To make the Sinatra-Style Latkes: Preheat oven to 425° F. Lightly grease baking sheet with 1 tsp. olive oil. Wash and dry potatoes, peel if desired, and grate with the coarse side of a grater. Peel onion and grate coarsely. Combine potato and onion in a colander and press down firmly to remove excess moisture. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in cumin, sea salt, pepper, turmeric, egg, baking powder, and potato flour.
Drop potato mixture onto baking sheet, forming 2-3 inch pancakes that are about ¼-inch thick. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the bottom of the pancakes are light brown. Turn latkes and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until they are golden brown on both sides and cooked through. Serve with the Ginger-Spiced Applesauce.
Makes 6 servings.
Nutrition Facts (per serving):
Applesauce: Calories 41, Fat 2.4 g, Sodium 2 mg, Carbs 5.2 g, Fiber 0.7 g, Protein 0.1 g
Latkes: Calories 96, Fat 1.8 g, Sodium 177 mg, Carbs 18 g, Fiber 2.4 g, Protein 3 g