Happy Hannukah my friends! Who has been up late with Hannukah celebrations for three nights in a row!? Not just me, right? :-) So for those of you who are still into making latkes, I have an exciting latke recipe for you today. Although I do not know anything about diets, (other than I couldn’t keep one even if they paid me) apparently this recipe is congruent with the Paleo diet many of you might be into. (An added benefit to today’s latke recipe and keeping those Jewish customs going ;-))
I’ll admit that I am not a fan of latkes – the potato kind, that is. However, do you know what I do love? Plantains! Can’t help myself. Caribbean girl through and through. And they make great latkes… so here you go my latke recipe… with a Latin twist!
These are in fact a real dish. It’s called arañitas in Puerto Rico and probably Cuba and Dominican Republic. Some of you might know the dish. Well around here, arañitas have become “Latin Latkes.”
They remind me of my childhood. I think they are delicious and make a fun change from the typical latke. Plus they are much easier to make. Always a win in my book. Oh and probably more nutritious and less caloric… don’t know, I leave it all to you my Paleo friends. Enjoy!
2-3 green Plantains (each plantain will yield 6-8 latkes) You must get the green ones, not the yellow ones!
1 garlic clove per plantain (crushed)
1/2 tsp salt per plantain
1/4 tsp pepper per plantain
Canola or Vegetable oil for frying
Peel the plantain by cutting each end off, making a sliver down the peel, and peeling. Use the large side of a hand grater to grate the peeled plantains. Crush the garlic cloves and mix with the shredded plantains. Add salt and pepper.
Heat oil in medium heat. Once it’s hot, drop spoon fulls of the mix a bit fattened out (not like a round ball). Fry until golden on both sides. They should be crispy on the outside. Yum!
You can serve them with:
Sour cream (great to follow the custom of eating dairy foods on Chanukah)
Mayo and Ketuchup sauce
Or just eat them as is right as they are coming out of the frying pan. They are so so good!
Let me know if you try them.
What do you make for Hannukah? Are you a latke fan? Any exciting Hannukah dishes?
Related: Sufganiyot with a Latin Twist