Latkes are a traditional food of Hanukkah; the use of the oil relates to the miracle of the oil, which the festival celebrates. The following recipe is from the December '05/January '06 issue of EatingWell:
Crispy Potato Latkes
It is a holiday tradition to fry latkes in hot oil, but here shredded potato-and-onion pancakes get a coating of matzo crumbs, are pan-fried in a small amount of oil and finished in a hot oven for a few minutes. The golden-crisp results have only 4 grams of fat and 100 calories per serving—truly a miracle.
1.5 lbs russet potatoes (about 2), shredded
1 medium white onion, shredded
2 medium shallots, minced (about 1/4 cup)
1 tsp salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 pieces whole-wheat matzo (6x6 in), broken into pieces
1/2 tsp white pepper
3 tbsp peanut oil, or extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Nutrition Per latke: 100 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 18 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 2 g fiber; 204 mg sodium; 278 mg potassium.
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