Carrot & Parsnip Latkes

Happy Chanukah! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season. I know I am!

It’s great to try and slow down a bit and enjoy the holiday week with the family. We try and lighten the mood a bit and focus on family coming together, a bit of together time – with the kids off from school, and a few days off from work. We can all appreciate this holiday time.

With Chanukah, comes latkes. And as you know, each year, I try and shake things up a bit – moving away from the traditional potato latke. I mean, I still love a basic potato latke, but I like to look deeper in to my fridge and see what other flavor combos will work as a fried patty of yummy goodness. I’m still thinking about those rosemary, fig and goat cheese latkes that I made a few years ago. I’m always looking for new latke ideas.

These carrot and parsnip latkes, were originally just going to be plain parsnip. I was thinking a simple parsnip latke with a horseradish cream sauce. Well, the carrots were a last minute addition. I thought that the flavors would work well together, and I’m glad I went in that direction. I shredded up the parsnip and carrot with some onion and garlic – along with one small russet potato. I squeezed any liquid out. There wasn’t much to squeeze out. I placed it all in a mixing bowl and added some egg, flour, salt and pepper. I then got to frying. These came together so quickly and so simple to do. Totally hit the spot.

I do still recommend a horseradish cream sauce to go with, but you can really dip in to whatever preferred latke topping you like. I’m just usually a sour cream girl. Anyhow, enjoy!

 

Carrot & Parsnip Latkes
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 large parsnips
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 small Idaho Russet Potato
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • canola oil for frying

Instructions
  1. Shred all of the veggies in a food processor with a grating disc.
  2. Transfer the shredded mixture to a thin towel and squeeze any liquid out.
  3. Transfer mixture to large mixing bowl.
  4. Mix in eggs, flour, salt and pepper.
  5. Since parsnips and carrots tend to be very dry, if you feel like the mixture isn’t wet enough, add one more egg.
  6. Heat oil in a deep fry pan to medium-high heat.
  7. Form in to thin patties and drop in oil, frying a couple minutes each side – until browned and crisp.
  8. Drain latkes on paper towels or on a cooling rack lined baking sheet,
  9. Serve and enjoy!

 

Kohlrabi, Apple and Carrot Slaw

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I love this time of year. As the season changes, so does my palate. I look forward to every Tuesday as I go to pick up my CSA box. We’re still getting some sweet corn and tons of tomatoes, the apples are starting to come in and the greens are coming back. This past week, we had some fabulous kohlrabi and granny smith apples in the box.

I love the crunch of kohlrabi and it goes so well with apple. I decided to make a slaw out of it. We were having veggie burgers for dinner and I knew this simple slaw would top them well.

I julienned some carrots, apple, and kohlrabi. I also cut some of it into matchsticks. I then tossed everything with some fresh lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. I let it sit for a bit at room temperature before eating. Delicious! Perfectly crisp and great as a side dish or as a sandwich topper,

I think I’m going to serve some of the leftovers with sloppy joes this week!

Simple salad success!



 

Kohlrabi, Apple and Carrot Slaw
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 kohlrabi, peeled
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • ¾ Granny Smith apple, peeled
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

Instructions
  1. Using a julienne peeler, cut up the veggies into matchsticks. You can also use a knife to cut the veggies up.
  2. Mix together in a bowl with the lemon juice and olive oil. Add the salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

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Carrot Ginger Latkes

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Another night of Chanukah, another latke recipe. Or so it goes.

These latkes were inspired by one of me and my daughter’s favorite soup recipes. We both love carrot ginger soup in the fall.

I made a carrot latke years ago, and I vaguely recall it being tasty, so I thought I would give this a try.

I shredded some carrots,  an onion,  a small potato,  some ginger and some cilantro in the Cuisinart food processor.

I transferred the mixture to a bowl and drained whatever liquid I could out of the veggie mixture.

Next, I added some flour, eggs, garlic powder, salt and pepper to the mix.

I heated up the oil in my fry pan and fried the patties until done. You have to keep your eyes on the latkes because they can go from perfect to burnt very quickly. I drained the latkes on a cooling rack set over paper towels.

I served these latkes with cilantro and an option of sour cream or horseradish sauce.

These latkes will definitely be made again!

Carrot Ginger Latkes
 
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Ingredients
  • 6 carrots, peeled
  • 1 small Idaho Russet potato, peeled
  • 1 small onion, peeled
  • 2 tbsp. fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • oil for frying
  • additional salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. Wash and peel the veggies.
  2. With the shredding blade on a food processor, shred the carrots, potato, onion, ginger and cilantro.
  3. Transfer everything to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Drain as much liquid as possible from the shredded vegetables.
  5. Mix in the salt, pepper, flour, garlic powder, flour and eggs.
  6. Heat up about an inch of oil in a large fry pan.
  7. Fry the latkes, carefully flipping as they began to crisp up.
  8. Drain the cooked latkes on a paper towel lined cooling rack.
  9. Sample the latke and adjust seasoning as needed.
  10. Serve with a latke topping of your choice.
  11. Enjoy!

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