Part of the reason that I love these latkes is because they don’t stray too far from a traditional potato latke. These aren’t a healthy, baked (aka boring) version of a latke that taste nothing like the real thing. Instead, beets are added to these latkes to give them a major nutrient boost (and, of course, a *gorgeous* color). The beets add beneficial nutrients like potassium, vitamin C and fiber to the latkes – making them a much more nutrient-dense side dish. The beets also help to bulk up the latkes volume-wise. This means that for the same size latke, you get only half the amount of potato and empty calories, because the rest of the latke is loaded with heart healthy, immune boosting beets.
Okay, so maybe they are a little healthier. But I promise, the taste is every bit as good as standard deep fried Hanukkah latkes. Same traditional taste with added nutrient benefits? Trust me, you definitely want in.
Oh and P.S. – these are not limited to just Hanukkah! While latkes (or potato pancakes) are a traditional Hanukkah side dish, I’m of the strong belief that everyone should try these latkes… ASAP.
Makes: 12 to 15 latkes
3 cups peeled, shredded potatoes
2 cups shredded beets (I used pre-shredded beets - makes it much easier!)
½ cup all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
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