Jewish people all over the world are sitting down to a warm plate of latkes to celebrate The Festival of Lights, AKA Hanukah. This traditional Hanukah treat is fried in oil, significant because it symbolizes the miracle that occurred when the temple was destroyed, and the Jewish people had very little oil to keep the eternal light going. Miraculously, one night’s worth of oil kept the temple light shining for 8 days. Typically made with white potatoes, we’ve added zucchini to lighten them up.
Serves: 8 latkes
- 1 medium zucchini
- 1 medium yellow potato
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp. self-rising flour or 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour + 1 tsp. baking powder
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- Grate zucchini and potato.
- Squeeze dry zucchini and potato and transfer to a medium sized bowl.
- Add egg, flour, salt, and pepper to bowl. Mix well.
- Heat 2 tbsp. of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Once oil is hot, spoon 2 tbsp. mixture into skillet, spreading into a 3-inch circle. Repeat for each latke.
- Flip each latke after about 3 minutes when they’re golden brown. Cook for another 3 minutes.
- Dab off excess oil with a paper towel and enjoy with tzatziki sauce!
Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients
- 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
- ½ English cucumber (peeled)
- ½ tbsp. lemon juice
- ½ tsp. garlic
- ½ tbsp. fresh dill weed
- Season with salt and pepper
- Peel and grate cucumber and transfer to small bowl.
- Mix all ingredients together in bowl.
Photo Credit: Nikki Kehlmann, Allie Einarsson
Nikki Kuhlmann is currently a senior at South Dakota State University majoring in dietetics and minoring in biology.