Mini Baked Parsnip and Sweet Potato Latkes- Jewish Food Hero Kitchen
A Mini Baked Parsnip and Sweet Potato Latkes Recipe for Hanukkah.
Latkes are a quintessential Hanukkah food habit. Making and eating them are so fundamental to our holiday experience that it is impossible to imagine a Hanukkah without them! Crunchy latkes are potato fritters fried in a lot of oil. Usually made with grated potatoes and matzo meal or flour, onion and salt can be combined in the raw mix for a savory taste. They can be served with a variety of toppings, popular ones including applesauce or sour cream.
Save the oil for the Menorah!
Filling ourselves with oil every Hanukkah does not make us feel well. Our bodies are not used to this quantity of oil, we feel sluggish and can experience problems with digestion and complexion. We can honour our Hanukkah traditions and our health at the same time by adapting how we cook our latkes. This is what inspired me to create the recipe for these Mini Baked Parsnip and Sweet Potato Latkes.
Healthy food does not mean missing out
Oftentimes, we associate the idea of a healthy version of a recipe with somehow missing out, or being ‘short-changed’ by dishes where ingredients associated with “indulgence” (read: refined sugar and fat) are reduced or omitted.
There is no short-changing with these Mini Baked Parsnip and Sweet Potato Latkes. Parsnip and sweet potato contain high levels of natural sugar which, when baked, become caramelised and chewy.
Mix it up
Suggesting eating more healthily at a time of year when fried, oily foods are celebrated and preferred might sound like I am being a killjoy. But there is no requirement to eat only oily foods or only healthy foods. The fact is that even by adding some alternative dishes to your regular Hanukkah spread alongside all your usual favourites, everybody benefits.
Mini Baked Parsnip and Sweet Potato Latkes
These Mini Baked Parsnip and Sweet Potato Latkes are mini-sized and baked, making them light and crispy. They are made with naturally sweet grated sweet potato and parsnip. Unlike traditionally greasy latkes, these are oil-free and healthier for our bodies. I recommend you make 2 batches of this recipe and the applesauce and tofu sour cream toppings. Extras can be reheated or eaten cold the next day. I guarantee you will love diversifying your Hanukkah table with these Mini Baked Parsnip and Sweet Potato Latkes.
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