Thursday, November 6, 2008

Cauliflower Latkes

Now that we're into November, it might as well be December. I got my December issue of Bon Appetit in the mail today and there was a whole article about latkes! I do plan on testing a few of their recipes before Channukah, but before we get into that, let me share one of my favourite low-maintainence recipes for anything latke-like: Cauliflower Latkes. If you can get over the fact that making them can make your house a bit stinky, I think that you'll really like them.

It's been a long week for me, so I'm just going to get right into it.

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into small peices
  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup of matzo meal
  • 1 tsp of kosher salt

  1. Place cauliflower in a pot and cover it with water. Bring to a boil.
  2. Boil cauliflower until it's soft enough to easily poke with a fork.
  3. Strain out water in a colander. Place cauliflower in a large bowl and mash it up with a potato masher or a fork.
  4. Add bread crumbs and matzo meal slowly, mixing with your hands. You may not need the whole amount of crumbs/meal. The mixture should be firm enough to form into a ball, but not too dry.
  5. Form mixture into patties about the size of your palm. Place them on an oiled frying pan over medium heat. The amount of oil that you use is up to you. They're crispier when they're fried in a larger amount of oil, and they're softer when they're fried in less oil.
  6. Brown both sides and remove from pan. Place on a piece of paper towel to absorb some of the excess oil.

There you have it! Honestly, I wish that I had more to say about these, but they're pretty self explainitory and I'm exhausted. If you want to see what I've been up to, most of my new work is now up on my website: Robin Sharp Photography.



eatme_delicious said...

I've really been craving latkes recently! Never even thought of cauliflower latkes. They sound (and look) delicious!

Irene said...

Try zucchini latkes, they are absolutely delicious. My mom used to make them for me when I was little. I think it's classic Eastern European food.

4 grated zucchini, juices squeezed off
5/6 T flour or enough to hold it together
1 egg
salt & pepper

Mix it all together and fry like a latke.