Hanukkah sameach! December 18, 2022 begins the eight days of Hanukkah observation. There are many Hanukkah traditions to celebrate over the next eight days, like lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, giving gifts, and eating delicious fried food! One of my favorite Hanukkah foods are these sweet potato beet latkes.
Baby J’s dad is Jewish, and I love joining the celebrations, too. Tradition can be difficult to follow if you also follow a plant-based lifestyle. Many traditional Jewish foods contain animal product, like brisket. But a couple years ago I created a vegan Hanukkah menu that we still use–including these sweet potato beet latkes.
What’s a latke?
Latkes, pronounced laat-kuhs, are a type of potato pancake traditionally made to celebrate Hanukkah. Some contain cheese or are eaten with sour cream, so I created this vegan version to avoid any type of conflict. Latkes are fried, crispy, so flavorful, and eaten with a surprising side; applesauce! The earthy beet and savory onion and potato blend perfectly with the sweet applesauce side.
My other Hanukkah menu items are a parsnip bisque with rye croutons, seitan brisket with mushroom gravy, and apple cider baked donuts and cupcakes for dessert. How delicious does that meal sound?! Want the recipes? Click HERE to sign up for my newsletter and watch for a special edition going out Sunday morning, December 18. Plus, I send out two newsletters a week with popular vegan recipes and my favorite vegan products.
Sweet Potato Beet Latkes
- Hand grater with large holes
- food processor with small grating attachment
- 1/2 cup frying oil
- 2 medium russet potatoes peeled
- 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled
- 2 medium beets peeled
- 1/2 onion
- 4 tsp potato starch egg replacer
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tsp salt
- apple sauce
- Preheat oven to 225°.
- Peel and grate the potatoes, beets, and onion into a large mixing bowl lined with paper towel. OR, if using a food processor to grate the veggies: grate them then transfer to a mixing bowl lined with paper towel.
- In another large mixing bowl combine the potato starch, flour, and salt.
- Carefully use the paper towel to wring out excess liquid in the veggies, then transfer them into the bowl with the flour. Toss the grated veggies with the flour mixture until well combined.
- Heat oil in a skillet or large pot to about 350° degrees, and line a large plate with 3 layers of paper towel to catch extra oil. Form the batter into very thin latke patties, and fry on each side for about 2-4 minutes, checking often.
- Transfer to the paper towel lined dish, and repeat with the rest of the batter.
- Keep the latkes warm in the oven until ready to serve.
- Serve with apple sauce, or your favorite toppings.
What are your family’s favorite Hanukkah traditions and foods?