December 22, 2021
by Teequa, Hy-Vee Dietitian

Holiday Foods Around the World

Did you know that most holidays are celebrated with a special meal? This KidsFitmas give our traditional Jewish Latke recipe a try! You can learn more about holiday traditions here!

All You Need!

  • 1 ½ lbs russet potatoes (about 2) shredded
  • 1 medium white onion, shredded
  • 2 medium shallots (minced)
  • 1 tsp Hy-Vee salt
  • 1 large Hy-Vee egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 pieces whole wheat matzo (6x6) broken into pieces
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 3 Tbsp peanut butter OR extra virgin olive oil 

Things to Grab!

  • Mesh Sieve or Strainer
  • That’s Smart Ziploc Bags
  • Hy-Vee Cooking Spray
  • Large Skillet
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Baking Sheet Spatula
  • Measuring Cups
  • Large Bowl
  • Medium Bowl

All You Do!

  1. Toss shredded potato, onion, shallots and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Transfer to a sieve; let drain for about 15 minutes. Squeeze the potato mixture, (don’t over squeeze-some moisture should remain).
  3. Transfer mixture to another large bowl. Carefully pour off the liquid, leaving a pasty white sediment--potato starch--in the bottom of the bowl. Add the starch to the potato mixture. Stir in egg.
  4. Put matzo pieces in a sealable plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin into coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the crumbs and pepper over the potato mixture and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate until the matzo is softened, 20 to 30 minutes. (you could have this part already done and show on-screen the last two steps or vice versa).
  5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  6. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir the potato mixture.
  7. Cook 4 latkes per batch: place 1/4 cup potato mixture in a little of the oil and press with the back of a spatula to flatten into a 3 1/2-inch cake. Cook until crispy and golden, 1 1/2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer the latkes to the prepared baking sheet. Continue with 2 more batches, using 1 tablespoon oil per batch and reducing the heat as needed to prevent scorching.
  8. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake until heated through, about 10 minutes at 425 degrees. ENJOY!

Just Push Play to follow along with Hy-Vee Dietitian, Teequa!

Print the Latkes recipe card here!

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