Monday, November 11, 2013

Baked Latkes?

Remember my dog and cat street crew? It's going very well. I'm sending MURDER, SHE BARKED bandanas all over the country. Even better, I'm beginning to receive pictures of dogs and cats wearing the bandanas. If your dog or cat would like to join the fun, leave a comment here today, and you'll be entered in the drawing. For a second chance at winning today, leave a comment at www.facebook.com/KristaDavisAuthor . I'm giving away at least one bandana every day on Facebook. Just leave a comment to enter!



This is my Queenie, making sure that our neighbor, Jasmine, is properly attired for the Murder, She Barked street crew!




And now to food!

I have to admit that I am a fan of baked french fries. (Don't tell, but I buy the frozen ones!) My dogs like them, too. Yet when I saw a recipe for baked sweet potato Latkes, I had my doubts. Okay, so maybe baking would work with sweet potatoes, after all, they're a slightly different texture and the recipe included yummy things like cinnamon and nutmeg. But what about Latkes with regular potatoes? It was a challenge that turned out surprisingly well.

I used Yukon Gold potatoes, and stuck with basics for the first attempt. Afraid that garlic might burn at 400 degrees, I used garlic powder instead. That's the only major thing I will try differently next time. Using minced garlic might bring a flavor that pops a little. You could definitely add your favorite herbs to change it up. While I usually hand grate potatoes, I was using 2 pounds, so I let the food processor do the hard work, which made the process very fast. Even the onion went into the food processor.

When they bake, some of the liquid seeps out and turns dark. Don't let that worry you. It comes off the baking sheet easily after a brief soak.

Now, I do have to say that they're not like fried Latkes. But if you are trying to get away from fried foods, or lighten up a little bit, these are really very tasty. In fact, I thought I would take more photos but before I looked around – they were gone! This recipe made a dozen Latkes, and I have enough left in the fridge for two more.


Baked Latkes


2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
1 medium onion
1 teaspoon pink sea salt (you could reduce this to 1/2 teaspoon)
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 400.

Peel and shred the potatoes and the onion and place in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix the salt, flour, baking soda, and garlic powder. Lightly beat the eggs. Mix all ingredients together.

 

Spread the olive oil on a baking sheet. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop out each Latke, and press flat with a spatula.

The back ones have been flattened.

Bake 35 minutes. Flip and bake 12-14 more minutes.






 Baron says don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a bandana!

29 comments:

  1. Oh, they look delicious! what did you serve them with?

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    1. Lucy, we skipped the sour cream and ate with with apple sauce as the main course of a meat-free meal.

      ~Krista

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  2. Ooh, they look good. Love the pink sea salt!

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    1. Sheila, I'm using pink sea salt in almost everything! It's even in my salt shaker.

      ~Krista

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  3. Sounds tasty! Frying latkes has always been a hit or miss in our household (with a lot of misses); I think I'm going to have to try this out for Thanksgivukkah.

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    1. I hope you like them! We thought they were very good but they are a little bit different from fried ones. I know what you mean about hit and miss. I think these are a little bit easier and probably come out right most of the time.

      ~Krista

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  4. LOL to "vt_loki" on "Thanksgivukkah" -- and while Hanukkah is all about the tradition of the oil, I have to admit that baked makes sense for health reasons (and ease). I'll definitely try it, Krista, thanks for sharing, and I'm really enjoying the photos of your dog and cat street crew. Wonderful!

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    1. Hmm, well, there is a little bit of symbolic oil in the recipe. ; )

      Cleo, I'm having such fun giving away these bandanas. I love hearing about everyone's cats and dogs, and the pictures are beginning to roll in. They're all adorable!

      ~Krista

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  5. Smudge cat says he might give the bandana to the Great Dane who lives next door.

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    1. Smudge sounds like a very generous cat!

      ~Krista

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    1. Libby, I bet you could dress these up with some herbs and make them even better!

      ~Krista

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  7. My beagle Bella would love to be a member of your street team. She is a great barker and would help spread the news of your new releases.

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    1. We love good barkers who can spread the news!

      ~Baron

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  8. I will be making these wonderful latkes for my family for Chanukah. thanks for this wonderful recipe and feature.Baked for sure. The bandana would be perfect for Guido, my Maltese. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I hope you like them! Good luck to Guido. He's entered in the drawing!

      ~Krista

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  9. Those latkes look so good; but not as good as one of my three dogs would look in a "Murder She Barked" scarf. They would be proud to be a member of the street crew!!

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    1. LOL! I bet your pups would look grrrreat!

      ~Baron

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  10. Wow! Having figure out the computer workout here! I think Miss. Carlisue is snickering! She's most definitely interested in the food pictures-yum! And she would love to join the street team though, if she were there she would try to run things despite, or perhaps because of, her diminutive size? Definitely going to try the latke recipe! Thanks for that!

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    1. Carlisue, your mom did it and you're officially entered in the drawing! Good luck!

      ~Baron

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  11. Lovely! I am a fan of latkes, but I think baked is definitely better. Thanks for this, Krista. I'll be trying it this week.

    Hugs,

    MJ

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    1. I think you'll like them, Mary Jane. Sometimes it's hard to make the transition to something with less oil, but we snarfed these!

      ~Krista

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  12. Lisa Taylor (lisa_d_taylor@hotmail.comNovember 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    My dog Harley would love a bandana. My husband, who is active Air Force, and I got Harley when we lived in Florida. The man who had him was being transferred and wanted him to go to a good home. We love our Harley who provides me with protection when my husband has been deployed.

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    1. Aww, what a lovely story. Good luck to Harley!

      ~Baron

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  13. I would rely love to wear one of your Murder She Barked bandanas. I have a very loud bark to help spread the word. Chloe.

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    1. Chloe, we need good barkers to spread the word! Good luck!

      ~Baron

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  14. Robyn Robyngravier@gmail.comNovember 12, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    My name is Shogun and I'm a Golden Retriever with lots of energy. My humans say I get into trouble a lot. I'd love to wear one of your bandanas.

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    1. Our Queenie is a golden retriever, so we know all about that kind of energy! Good luck, Shogun!

      ~Baron

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  15. I love this idea of baking latkes. They can be such a mess to fry. I'm definitely doing them this Hanukah, uh, Thanksgiving, uh…very confusing this year. But may all who celebrate be blessed!

    Love Queenie checking out the bandanna. Sparky isn't quite big enough for it yet. He thinks it's a toy. I'll try to get a picture.

    Daryl / Avery

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