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Dec 2, 2010 07:23 AM

Latkes that aren't fried in oil?

Please don't shoot me, I understand the point of latkes is that they are fried in oil. But for health reasons I can't have foods right now that are cooked in oil or butter. However, i would enjoy making some latkes. I have never made them before but have always loved them. Any recipes you can share?

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  1. Even the oven bakes recipes use some oil.

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    1. re: iheartcooking

      I can have small amounts of oil/butter just not large amounts associated with frying.

    2. An internet search for 'bake latkes' provided many recipes to try. They all follow the same basic idea as fried latkes, but differ in cooking temp and time (obviously, as they are in an oven).

      I worry that if you "have never made them before but have always loved them", then making the baked version as your first attempt may be somewhat dissapointing compared to latkes you have had in the past.

      Also, if baking I would suggest making them as thin as possible so they do not end up as potato/onion pancakes...

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      1. I actually prefer baked butternut squash and sage latkes to traditional fried potato latkes; I usually make both, and the squash ones disappear faster. The squash latkes don't rely on crispness as much as the potato do, since they're more flavorful, though they do get nicely crispy if you do them right. The basic recipe:

        3 cups shredded butternut squash
        1 medium white onion, shredded and drained of as much moisture as possible
        1/4 cup matzoh meal
        1 egg
        1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
        1Tbs chopped/rubbed sage

        Mix it all together in a big bowl until combined, then spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray, form 1/4 cup patties, and bake at 450 until crisped. If you can do it, it's even better to fry them first in just a little oil/spray to brown them on each side and then bake to finish.

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