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potato latkes, low oil & healthy!
This first recipe is maybe not as low oil as the 2nd, but it's sweet potato.. and it's titled loving the latkes...


Baked Sweet Potato Latkes (based on the recipe originally published in Women’s Health Magazine)
Makes 12 Latkes

2 pounds grated sweet potatoes
1 medium onion, grated
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray or use a silpat.

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Drop by 1/3-cupfuls onto cookie sheet. Flatten with spatula.

Bake for 25 minutes; flip and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Serve with light sour cream and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.


This is based on keftes de prasa, a traditional Sephardic recipe for fritters. Leeks add an aromatic note to traditional Hanukkah latkes (potato pancakes). Fritters and latkes are typically fried with olive oil; here, we use canola oil, which has a mild flavor and high smoke point to brown the fritters. To prepare fritters ahead, place cooked fritters in a 250° oven to stay warm until you're ready to serve. Garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.


8 servings (serving size: 2 fritters and 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce)


  • Yogurt:
  • 1 1/2  cups  plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  minced garlic
  • 1/2  teaspoon  grated lemon rind
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1/8  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper

  • Fritters:
  • Cooking spray
  • 4  cups  thinly sliced leek (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 6  tablespoons  water, divided
  • 1  teaspoon  salt, divided
  • 3/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1  (20-ounce) package refrigerated shredded hash brown potatoes (such as Simply Potatoes)
  • 2  large eggs
  • 2  large egg whites
  • 8  teaspoons  canola oil, divided


To prepare yogurt, spoon yogurt onto several layers of heavy-duty paper towels; spread to 1/2-inch thickness. Cover with additional paper towels; let stand 5 minutes. Scrape into a bowl using a rubber spatula. Combine yogurt and next 5 ingredients (through 1/8 teaspoon pepper) in a small bowl. Cover and chill.

To prepare fritters, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add leek, 2 tablespoons water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sauté 10 minutes or until golden, adding remaining 1/4 cup water as necessary to prevent leeks from sticking to pan. Place leeks and potatoes in a large bowl. Combine 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, eggs, and egg whites; stir well with a whisk. Add egg mixture to potato mixture.

Heat 4 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Spoon about 3 tablespoons potato mixture for each of 8 fritters into pan. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove from pan. Repeat procedure with the remaining 4 teaspoons oil and potato mixture. Sprinkle fritters with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Serve with yogurt sauce.

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