Let’s drop some knowledge… The word latkes means pancakes, and traditionally I believe the potato pancake originated in Russia… although I don’t know that for sure, so that might be a lie all together. But, have you ever wondered why these heavenly cakes are part of the Chanukah tradition?
Chanukah is the celebration of the miracle of consecrated, temple oil burning for eight days rather than one day. Eating food fried in oil is part of the custom to honor this event. And what are latkes fried in? OIL! Yes! You win!
We all have dishes that make us feel loved. This is one of those dishes, it is not because I am Jewish (because I am not). It just happens to bring back so many memories of cooking alongside my mom. This was her go-to leftover dish. I am telling you… my mom could make a pancake out of just about anything!!!! Mashed potatoes-great, zucchini- fantastic, carrot and “meatloaf”- bring it on. The woman is amazing at not wasting food! Now I make it, simply because it brings comfort and warmth to my heart.
Let’s learn how to make vegan latkes together….
1 pound russet potatoes
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 eggs worth of egg replacer
1/4 cup flour
1 clove garlic, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
Coconut oil for frying
- Peel and potatoes with a cheese grater.
- Squeeze out all liquid and place in a large bowl.
- Add salt, pepper, onion, egg replacer, flour and grated garlic to your potatoes.
- Heat oil in a frying pan. The more oil the crispier the pancake.
- Form balls with your hands and drop the potato mixture into hot oil and flatten with the back of a spatula.
- Fry 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
- Pat off excess oil with a paper towel.
Serve with apple sauce or vegan sour cream.