Vegan Latkes With Chili Cream and Applesauce

December 16, 2016

Eating healthy during the holiday season doesn't have to be a chore. Cutting down on or swapping out unhealthy ingredients (like saturated fats) typically used in our favorite recipes can result in dishes that are just as tasty, but without the guilt. Latkes - those delicious can't-stop-at-one potato pancakes - are a traditional food eaten during Hanukkah, but because they're fried in oil they can pack in those unwanted calories. This scrumptious latkes recipe from Kenden Alfond, author of the Jewish Food Hero cookbook and blog with the same name, incorporates good-for-you yam puree and non-dairy milk into the batter, and uses less oil for the frying. She tops the tasty cakes with a sweet and spicy duo of Chili Cream and Cinnamon Applesauce. Your guests won't even know they're eating vegan latkes they're so good! Also check out her Sweet and Savory Mini Latkes recipe here.

Latkes With Chili Cream and Applesauce
Recipe reprinted with permission of Jewish Food Hero. Copyright © 2016 Jewish Food Hero

"These latkes are hearty and crispy. Using minimal oil, they’re a tasty and healthy option for your holiday menu (and for the rest of the year too). Each latke can be served with your toppings of choice: chili “sour cream” and/or cinnamon applesauce." ~ Kenden Alfond

Makes 20–24 latkes

TOOLS
Box grater
Large mixing bowl
2 baking sheets
Parchment paper
Cooking oil spray
Spatula
Large platter for serving

INGREDIENTS
14 cups peeled, shredded white potatoes (from about 8 medium potatoes)
2 cups cooked yam puree (from 1 medium yam, peeled and steamed)
1/4 cup low-fat, non-dairy milk
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, or gluten-free all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 350 F  

Assemble the latke mixture and bake:
Place all the prepped ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine
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Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and lightly spray with the cooking spray
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Place 1/2 cup of the latke mixture on the baking sheet
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Flatten the latke with your hands and form it into an even circle
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Repeat until you have enough latkes to fill the baking sheet
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Lightly mist the formed latkes with the cooking oil spray
.Bake for 25 minutes
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Very carefully, flip the latkes and mist again with the cooking oil spray
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Bake for another 15 minutes
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Repeat with the remaining latke mixture until you use all of it .

To serve and store:
Keep the cooked latkes warm in the oven until ready to serve
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Serve on a large platter alongside cinnamon applesauce and chili “sour cream” (recipes below)
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If you have leftovers, place them covered in the refrigerator—they taste delicious cold
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Cinnamon Applesauce
Makes 3 cups

TOOLS
Large saucepan
Potato masher (or food processor)
Medium serving bowl

INGREDIENTS
12 cups cored, peeled, and diced apples (from about 12 medium apples)
1 1/2 cups apple juice
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons raw sugar or maple syrup
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS
In a large sauce pan:
Place all the ingredients, and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat

Reduce the heat to low, and simmer covered for 25 minutes

Partially mash the apples or puree them smooth


To serve:
Place in a medium serving bowl, and serve at the temperature of your choice




Chili “Sour Cream”
Makes 3 cups

TOOLS
Blender or food processor
Medium serving bowl

INGREDIENTS
3 cups soft silken tofu
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1–2 chopped fresh cayenne peppers, to taste

Optional garnish: Sweet paprika and chopped cayenne pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
In a blender or food processor:
Puree all the ingredients until smooth


Garnish and serve:
Top with a sprinkling of paprika and chopped peppers.


 

About the Author:
Kenden Alfond is the founder of Jewish Food Hero which nourishes the minds, bodies, and spirits of Jewish women around the globe. She offers vegan recipes that are a modern twist on traditional Jewish meals and resources to support an intuitive turning toward greater health. You can find The Jewish Food Hero Cookbook: 50 Simple Plant­Based Recipes for Your Holiday Meals at jewishfoodhero.com.


 

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