Saturday, July 24, 2010

Hannukah in July

When we think about Hannukah foods, we think about greasy, unhealthy foods. However, without too many changes, your favorite Latkes recipe can be transformed into a healthy summer dish.

Puree the batter more than you would for Hannukah, so it's runny like a breakfast pancake. Maybe you would like to add some fresh summer vegetables, like basil from the garden. Substitute a healthier type of flour (almond meal, flaxseed meal, wheat germ, any type of flour substitute works). Then fry them in just a bit of olive oil. Skip the sour cream, and serve them with apple sauce or seasonal fruits and vegetables. Since Latkes are actually parve, you can serve them as a side dish with a barbecue, especially if some vegetarians will be joining your barbecue. If you don't have a latkes recipe, feel free to use my mother's.

Summer is also a great time to dig out those family recipes (most of mine are handwritten on scraps of paper) and make recipe cards that will preserve them for the next generation.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great recipe idea. My kid love latkes. (I dislike all that added fat.) I love the idea of adding basil-which is overtaking my vegetable garden right now!