Just about every culture that has access to potatoes has some variation of a crispy fried potato cake. Of all the delicious potato cakes around the globe, it’s hard to choose a recipe. However, for potatoes, ‘tis the season for latkes! This recipe utilizes an air fryer, cutting back on excess grease but maintaining the crispy goodness. Latkes are traditionally paired with applesauce, which is incredibly simple to make, and sour cream. Now, if you’re looking to add even more nutrition to this dish, you have to be willing to tamper with the original recipe. Using a 50/50 blend of potato with another veggie such as parsnip or zucchini will add in more fiber, nutrients and cut the carbs for those who need to watch their intake. In addition, replacing sour cream with a 2% plain Greek yogurt will give added protein to balance out the carb-y potato. If you’re hesitant about the transition to Greek yogurt, try full fat first— it’s still lower in fat than sour cream. For 2 tablespoons, Greek yogurt has 1g of fat and sour cream has 5g. They taste the same, I promise!
Serves: 8, with leftover applesauce
- 3-4 russet potatoes
- 1 small yellow onion
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup matzo meal/panko
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- 6 medium apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 to 4 Tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
To make the Latkes:
Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. Grate the potatoes and onions using the larger holes on a box grater. Place the grated potato and onion on a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out as much moisture as you can. Then place the dry potato and onions in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, matzo meal/panko, salt and pepper to the potato onion mix and thoroughly combine. Grease the air fryer racks or tray. Drop 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mixture onto the racks or tray and lightly flatten to a patty. Make sure not to over crowd the air fryer; you will need to make multiple batches. Spray the tops with cooking spray. Cook for 8 minutes, flip, spray again and cook for 5 more minutes. They should be golden brown when they are done.
To make the Applesauce:
Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until apples are soft. Remove the lid and cook for another 5 minutes. Mash the apples with a potato masher for a chunky sauce or use an immersion blender for a smooth sauce.
Serving size: 2 latkes with 2T Greek yogurt and 2T apple sauce
Calories: 155; Fat: 2.5g; Carbs: 27.9g; Fiber: 2.3g; Protein: 6.9g; Sodium: 187.1mg