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Jake Cohen’s Crispy Root Vegetable Latkes

Remember Jake Cohen? Last time we met up with him, he showed us how to make a seriously stunning apple-cardamom galette for Rosh Hashanah (we’re still dreaming about it).

With Hanukkah almost here, we knew we had to bug him again for another recipe to celebrate the Jewish holidays with. No surprise, he totally delivered. This time, he’s sharing a brilliant twist on latkes that swaps out some of the usual potatoes for a mix of winter root veggies. Obviously, we’re making a bee-line to the produce section at our closest Fairway Market so we can have these ready in time for Sunday’s menorah lighting!

Crispy Root Vegetable Latkes

latke_image_cohenJake says: The classic potato pancake is about to get an upgrade. Grated sweet potato, carrot, parsnip and turnip add touch of sweetness and earthiness to golden, crispy latkes. You’ll have a problem going back to your old recipe after these.

Makes about 10 latkes

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

You’ll need:

1 small russet potato, peeled
1 small sweet potato, peeled
1 small carrot, peeled
1 small parsnip, peeled
1 small turnip, peeled
½ yellow onion
½ cup matzo meal
1½ teaspoons kosher salt
2 large eggs
Vegetable oil, for frying


1. Using a box grater, coarsely grate the potatoes, carrot, parsnip, turnip and onion.

2. Line a medium bowl with cheesecloth and place all of the grated veggies inside the cloth. Wring out veggies thoroughly in cloth to squeeze out any liquid. Transfer veggies to another bowl. Discard liquid, adding any starch that has settled on the bottom of the bowl back to the veggies.

3. Toss in all of the remaining ingredients except the oil until completely incorporated.

4. Heat ¼-inch layer of vegetable oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, scoop ⅓ cup balls of veggie mixture and drop into pan. Using a flat spatula, smash each to flatten into a pancake. Cook, flipping once, until crisp and nicely golden, 2-3 minutes per side, then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

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