Golden Turmeric Latkes with Applesauce

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From: EatingWell Magazine November/December 2010

These crispy-on-the-outside-and-tender-on-the-inside latkes are delicious paired with a subtly spicy clove-scented applesauce.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • Latkes
  • 2 cups shredded peeled russet potatoes
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1-2 fresh green serrano chiles, stemmed and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour (see Note) or unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

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  1. To prepare sauce: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add ginger and cook, stirring, until light brown and aromatic, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir in turmeric and cloves. Cook until the spices are fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute more. Scrape the spices into the applesauce in a small bowl and stir well to combine.
  2. Preheat oven to 200 °F. Place a baking sheet in the oven.
  3. To prepare latkes: Thoroughly mix potatoes, onion, chiles to taste, cilantro, flour, cumin, salt, turmeric and eggs in a large bowl.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Place a heaping tablespoon of the potato mixture in the skillet and flatten with a spatula into a disk roughly 3 inches in diameter. Form as many latkes as you can in the pan without overcrowding. Cook until golden brown and crispy on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until the other side is golden brown and crispy, 3 to 5 minutes. Briefly drain on a paper towel-lined plate, then transfer to the oven to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining oil and potato mixture.
  5. Serve the latkes with the seasoned applesauce.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the sauce (Step 1) for up to 3 days.
  • Note: Chickpea flour, or garbanzo bean flour, is commonly used in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking. It's a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour. Look for it in the gluten-free or bulk-foods section of large supermarkets and natural-foods stores or online at bobsredmill.com.
  • Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 latkes
  • Per serving: 187 calories; 9 g fat(1 g sat); 3 g fiber; 22 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 50 mcg folate; 62 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 151 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 26 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 221 mg sodium; 326 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1 1/2 fat

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