As the joyous festival of Hanukkah approaches, it's time to prepare those beloved dishes that light up the celebration. Among the most cherished of these delicacies are latkes, those golden, crispy potato pancakes that have become a symbol of this holiday. But what if you or your loved ones follow a gluten-free diet? Fear not, for I've created a gluten-free latke recipe that retains all the deliciousness of the classic version while catering to dietary restrictions.
Jewish latkes recipe
I know I said I’m not a big fan of fried food but it’s almost Hanukkah! It’s the literal tradition to eat fried food during this great holiday. But, I did have to add my own spin on this recipe and you can rest assured that these Latkes are gluten free. Lately, gluten free diets are very popular and I wanted to share a tasty option for this holiday that also appeals to those on a gluten free diet.
In my baked latkes recipe, I mention that every root vegetable is fit to use for latkes. This rule applies here too. The classic latkes are usually made from potatoes. However, I wanted something a bit different so I chose to use carrots and sweet potato this time - yum!
The vegetables are only grated into small strips, there is no need to pre-cook them and make mash. Heaven!
Are latkes gluten free?
This particular latke recipe stands out as flourless, setting it apart from many traditional latke recipes that use wheat flour as a binding agent. Recipe is omitting the flour and opting for very few gluten-free ingredients, sweet potato, carrots, eggs and you can add any spices you like to upgrade the flavor. I used sweet paprika, salt and pepper. It not only caters to gluten-sensitive individuals but also provides a unique twist on the classic latke that's light, crisp, and bursting with flavor.
Eggs serve as the adhesive that binds the vegetables into a patty, pancake, or fritter.
The recipe is very easy to make as is usual on my blog. You simply mix the ingredients in one bowl and fry the latkes. It can't get any easier than that!
Lastly, if you do want to bake these latkes and not fry for some reason, you can definitely do it. Simply bake at 180°C / 350°F for 30-35 minutes.
Recipe yields approximately 15 latkes, depending on the size you make them.
Tips to help you make the best gluten-free latkes
Use Certified Gluten-Free Ingredients
Ensure that all your ingredients, especially the spices, are labeled as gluten-free. Cross-contamination can occur during processing, so it's essential to use certified gluten-free products.
Egg as a Binder
Ensure that the eggs you use are fresh and free from any added ingredients that might contain gluten.
Make sure to mix the grated sweet potatoes, carrots, eggs, and spices thoroughly. This will help distribute the flavors evenly and create a well-balanced mixture.
Use a clean and uncontaminated vegetable oil for frying, such as canola or sunflower oil. Check the label to confirm that it's gluten-free and hasn't been used to fry gluten-containing foods.
Maintain a consistent frying temperature. Too low, and the latkes may become greasy; too high, and they may burn before cooking through. Aim for medium-high heat.
Drain on Paper Towels
After frying, place the latkes on a paper towel-lined plate to remove excess oil. This will help keep them crisp and prevent them from becoming too greasy.
Latkes are best enjoyed fresh out of the pan, so try to time their preparation with when you plan to serve them. If you need to keep them warm, place them on a baking sheet in a low oven (around 200°F or 100°C).
Consider serving your gluten-free latkes with a variety of gluten-free toppings and accompaniments.
Gluten-free toppings and accompaniments for latkes can include:
- Sour cream
- Greek yogurt
- Fruit preserves
- Smoked salmon
- Fresh herbs
- Sliced avocado
- Gluten-free cheese or dairy alternatives
Yes, you can make gluten-free latkes using only potatoes if you prefer a classic potato latke. Simply replace carrots and sweet potatoes with grated potatoes and follow the rest of the recipe accordingly.
Yes, you can make gluten-free latkes ahead of time and reheat them in the oven to maintain their crispiness. Place them on a baking sheet and warm them in an oven at a low temperature (around 200°F or 100°C) until they are heated through.
Yes, it's possible to make gluten-free and vegan latkes by using egg substitutes like flax eggs or commercial egg replacers. Additionally, ensure that all ingredients used are both gluten-free and vegan.
No, gluten-free latkes can be enjoyed by anyone, whether they have dietary restrictions or not. They offer a delicious alternative to traditional latkes and can be a flavorful addition to your Hanukkah or holiday menu.
Other Latke Recipes on the blog:
If you are looking for other Hanukkah recipes, check out my Hanukkah recipe index.
Make these gluten free latkes today!
These latkes are easy to prepare and can be served either hot or cold, making them a versatile addition to your holiday table. Whether you're following a gluten-free diet or simply looking to try something new this Hanukkah, my recipe is sure to delight your taste buds. Let's get cooking and celebrate the festival of lights with a delicious twist on a cherished tradition!
Gluten Free Latkes
- 1 medium sweet potato (2 cups grated)
- 2 carrots (2 cups grated)
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
- Salt and pepper by your taste
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Grate the sweet potato and carrots.
- Place the grated vegetables in a bowl and add the eggs and spices.
- Mix the batter well.
- With your hands, create the latkes and place on a plate.
- Heat a pan with any vegetable oil you prefer.
- Fry each latke for 1-2 minutes on each side.
- Serve the latkes hot or cold with your favorite dip.
- Enjoy and happy Hanukkah!