Monday, December 10, 2012

(I Can't Believe They're Crispy!) Baked Latkes #HanukkahBP

Welcome to our first ever Hanukkah Blog Party, hosted by Leah of Cook Kosher and Miriam of Overtime Cook. It's traditional on Hanukkah to eat fried treats, most notably donuts and latkes, and we've got a fabulous array of Hanukkah themed recipes, treats and crafts from Jewish bloggers all over the world! Scroll down for links to all of the delicious treats.

For this year's Hanukkah Blog Party, I've decided to make a Baked Latke.  What's that you say?  Blasphemy?  I know, I know.... Hanukkah is all about the miracle of oil.. I get it.  But I'm going to show you a different miracle-- it's called the miracle of still being able to fit into your pants and not having a house that smells like deep fried latke! (Anyone that's ever made fried latkes knows what I'm talking about-- you have to put away anything precious before you fry them up because you walk around smelling like a greasy potato for a week or two afterwards!)  Now, are these "as" crispy as a deep fried latke?  Well, not exactly-- but they're still crispy, and they're AMAZING!  I assure you that you won't care what you're missing because you'll feel really good about these in the morning, and they still taste divine!

So, it's super simple-- you take ANY latke recipe, and instead of frying them in buckets of oil, you dip them in egg whites and bake them. Easy! Here's how:

Samples Latke Ingredients
Remember- this will work with any latke recipe, so feel free to use your own!
  • 1 large russet potato
  • 1/4 white onion
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp of vegetable oil (for frying)
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 egg whites, beaten

Using a food processor, grate the potato and onion.  Place the grated potato and onion in a large bowl and squeeze and drain as much of the liquid out of the mixture as possible.  (you can also use a clean dish towel to "press" the water out of it)  Once you have squeezed and drained out the liquid, add the remainder of the ingredients (except for the egg whites) and mix until thoroughly combined.

Pre-heat an oven to 400 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet with foil, and spray liberally with non-stick cooking spray.  Set aside.  Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, add about 1 tsp of oil.  Heat the oil and spread it around the pan using a pastry brush to make sure the pan is coated with the oil.  Drop 3 inch round, flat dollops of the potato mixture into the heated pan.  Fry each side of the latkes until they are a golden brown.  The latkes will be very limp.

Dip the latkes into the beaten egg whites and place them onto the prepared cookie sheet.  Bake the latkes for approximately 3-5 minutes on each side.  Serve with sour cream or applesauce. Makes about 4-5 latkes. (perfect for 2 people)

A very small amount off oil is used to add color and crisp the outside of the latke.

Once the latkes are done, dip both sides in the egg white mixture and place them on the prepared cookie sheet.

To help get everyone into party mode, we have a bunch of fabulous new cookbooks to giveaway! Here's how you can enter:
Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Holiday recipe!  When you do that, you'll get a chance to win one of:
2 copies of Susie Fishbein's new Kosher By Design Cooking Coach (sponsored by Artscroll)
2 copies of Leah Schapira's Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking (sponsored by Artscroll)
2 copies of Esther Deutch's CHIC Made Simple (sponsored by the author)

The Giveaway is now Closed.

Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 16th. Limit one entry per person per blog, so visit the other blogs for extra chances to win!
Prizes can only be shipped within the US. Entries must be accompanied by a valid email address in order to qualify.

This is the second of many fabulous Holiday Blog Parties. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to participate in future parties, please email

Stop by the other blogs and check out these Chanukah Themed Recipes:

Jamie from Joy of Kosher made Zucchini Latkes with Tzatziki
Daniel from Peikes Cookbook made Potato and Fennel Latkes Fried in Duck Fat With Chinese Five Spice Apple Sauce
Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen made Squash and Potato Latkes
Samantha from The Little Ferraro Kitchen made Ruby Red Beet Latkes with Cumin
Nechamah from TIforOA Food Ideas made Healthy Oatmeal Latkes
Liz from The Lemon Bowl made Traditional Potato Latkes
Yosef from This American Bite made Latkes & Brisket on Rye
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food made (I Can't Believe They're Crispy!) Baked Latkes
Laura from Mother Would Know made Three Variations of Sweet and Savory Latkes
Sarah from Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends made Kimchee Latkes
Shulie from Food Wanderings made Baked Panko Sweet Potato Leek Latkes

Donuts and Desserts:
Miriam from Overtime Cook made Shortcut Cannoli with Chocolate Mousse Filling
Leah from Cook Kosher made 5 Minute Donuts
Estee from The Kosher Scoop made Tropical Fruit Fritters
Melinda from Kitchen-Tested made Sweet Steamed Buns
Amy from What Jew Wanna Eat made Homemade Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Gelt
Avidan from Baking It Up As I Go Along made Orange Olive Oil Cake
Tali from More Quiche Please made Glazed Chocolate Donut Holes
Amital from Organized Jewish Home made Mom's Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
Princess Lea from The Frumanista made Túrógombóc
Stephanie and Jessica from The Kosher Foodies made Beignets
Gigi from Gigi's Kitchen made Bunuelos: Mini Powdered Cheese Donuts
Esther from Esther O Designs made Edible Menorahs
Patti from No Bacon Here made Hanukkah Oreo Balls
Shoshana from Couldn't Be Parve made Churros con Chocolate
Shaindy from My Happily Hectic Life made Inside Out Apple Crisp
Eve from Gluten Free Nosh made Gluten-Free Hanukkah Sugar Cookies
The Gluten Free maven made Gluten Free Vegan Cake Donuts
Amy from Baking and Mistaking made Mini Cream-Filled French Beignets
Sarah from Food, Words, Photos made Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Victoria from Itsy Bitsy Balebusta made Pure Vanilla Donuts
Vicky and Ruth from May I Have That Recipe made Dulce de Leche and Eggnog cream filled mini sufganiot
Dena from Oh You Cook made Poached Pears in Pomegranate Sauce
Michele from Kosher Treif Cooking made Tiramisu Cheessecake
Sharon from FashionIsha made Sparkly Chanukah Cookies

Appetizers, Soups, Sauces, Drinks and other Hanukkah Food:
Laura from Pragmatic Attic made Caramel Spice Applesauce
Jessie from Bread and Butter made Honey Spiced Hanukkah Martini
G6 from Guess Who's Coming 2 Dinner made Sweet Potato Leek Soup
Claire from I Love Soup made Sweet Potato, Coconut & Lemongrass Soup
Jennifer from Juanita's Cocina made Kugel
Liz from Kosher Like Me made Ready, Stuff Roll!
Shelley from The Kosher Home made Hanukkah Crafts and Printables



  1. I can't believe they're baked!!! LOL! My favorite holiday dish is stuffing!

  2. Seriously, though! I REALLY can't believe they are baked!
    We love a traditional roast chicken! YUM!

    So glad you joined the blog party - can't wait to see how you used the printables!

    Shelley from The Kosher home!

  3. Hey fancy pants with your healty latke. I love the smell of fried potatoes permiating my house. lol! They look delicous and I'm going to give them a try. Josh is hard to please because his latke has to be extra crispy but I trust you. :)

  4. My favorite holiday dish is latkes!! Plain simple potato latkes!

  5. Wow! I'm going to have to try these out!
    My fave is sufganiyot. Can you fix those for me too?

  6. love this healthier option. def. trying to keep to my diet over chanuka is truly proving very difficult and you just made my life so much easier. can't wait to try this! really excited to have found your blog- this blog party is really perfect like that. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ gigi's kitchen:

  7. My Sweet Potato Leek Soup, of course ;)

  8. So, do you think they'll have the same flavor for the most part if I leave out the onion? My husband isn't an onion fan ... oy! Happy Chanukah!

  9. How can I pick just one?? I love holiday food, in general. Except when I am dieting, then holiday food makes me hungry. Which is why this recipe is so exciting!

  10. My favourite holiday recipe is definitely my mum's homemade peppermint chocolate. There's something about it that tastes like home, especially now that I live so far away!

  11. I love these Latkes and baked at that!

  12. I just made baked jelly doughnuts and they came out pretty good! So for now, that's my favorite, at least health wise!

  13. Our favorite holiday recipes around here are desserts like fudge, cookies, and candy.

    This is a great idea!

  14. I don't really have a fave, I try not to make the same dish twice.

  15. My favorite Chanukah recipe? Well, this year I'm making chocolate mousse made with olive oil.

  16. I love latkes!!!

  17. We made the mashed potato Donuts out of Jamie Geller's Joy of Kosher this year and LOVED them!!!

  18. I really want to try your recipe, which will be a more healthy alternative to our Chanukah food indulgences. So far this Chanukah, I’ve made potato latkes and sufganiot, and the smell of fried food is permeating in our apartment. Aside from opening all the windows while frying, any other ideas to clear the air, lest the odor/aroma will linger long after Chanukah is gone… when I’ll need to start my diet!