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Pumpkin Potato Hanukkah Latkes
Pumpkin Potato Hanukkah Latkes
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You can skip the onion in this latke recipe if you’d like to go with a sweeter potato pancake. The addition of the pumpkin and cinnamon make these Hanukkah latkes particularly kid-friendly.


    • 1 pound Idaho potatoes, peeled
    • 1/2 yellow onion (optional)
    • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
    • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup olive oil


1. Place the onion in the freezer, if using. Coarsely grate the potatoes using the largest setting on a box grater. Transfer the shredded potatoes to a large bowl of cold water as you grate them to prevent them from discoloring.

2. Place a medium mixing bowl under a fine mesh sieve and place the grated potatoes in the sieve. Use a large wooden spoon or spatula to press out as much of the moisture as possible. Transfer the potatoes to a large mixing bowl.

3. Remove the onion from the freezer and grate it; squeeze out the excess water. Add it to the potatoes, along with the egg, pumpkin, salt and pepper. Mix well.

4. Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat until shimmering, but not smoking. Working in batches, spoon 1/4 cup of the potato mixture into the skillet, squeezing out any additional liquid before adding to the pan. Flatten the tops of the latkes slightly with a spatula. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook until the bottoms are browned, about 5 minutes. Flip latkes and cook an additional 4 minutes. Transfer latkes to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat until all of the mixture is gone.

5. Serve latkes while hot with applesauce and Greek yogurt or sour cream.

Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, is a nutrition expert, writer and best-selling author. Her books include Feed the BellyThe CarbLovers Diet and Eating in Color.