Can I Make "Brussel Sprouts Latkes"?
As I mentioned in my Brussel Sprouts - 4 Ways! post, this one was from 'Girl Meets Farm' on the Food Network app. I watched the class on my iPad while I was waiting at the airport actually. :)
The word "latkes" is almost synonymous with potatoes and they are traditionally considered to be "a type of potato pancake of Ashkenazi Jewish origin that are traditionally prepared to celebrate Hanukkah." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latke
Using brussel sprouts is a fresh take on this traditional Jewish food.
This is #1 of 4 in the "Brussel Sprouts - 4 Ways!" series.
I recommend watching the class; she has some good tips.
While latkes may seem exotic to you, you are essentially just making a hamburger -- with brussel sprouts/potato instead of ground beef. You have an egg and some flour for a binder.
I made a smaller batch than the recipe. Another difference is that I cut up my brussel sprouts. She uses a food processor. In her recipe, she uses onions, but I didn't have any around. I substituted Lawry's garlic spread for chopped garlic.
What I used:
- brussel sprouts (cut-up / shredded)
- garlic spread
- 1 egg
- salt & pepper
Then you fry the latkes patties in oil. Frying latkes in oil is actually a representation of the Hannukah miracle.
"According to the Hanukkah story, when the Jewish Temple was seized by the Syrian-Greeks in 168 B.C., it was defiled by being dedicated to the worship of Zeus. Eventually, the Jews revolted and regained control of the Temple. In order to rededicate it to God, they had to light the Temple's menorah for eight days, but to their dismay, they discovered that only one day's worth of oil remained in the Temple. Nevertheless, they lit the menorah and to their surprise that a small portion of holy oil lasted the full eight days. In commemoration of this miracle, every year Jews light Hanukkah menorahs (called hanukkiyot) and eat fried foods such as sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and latkes."
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! First, I was proud that the latkes stayed together and didn't fall apart. Also, they were really good. Crispy little pancakes! And it doesn't even seem like you're eating vegetables. :)
While latkes are traditionally eaten during Hanukkah, you can eat them all-year round. :)
Give it a try! We are good at this!