Italian Latkes?

This Jew decided to make Italian inspired latkes from a recipe by Giada on Christmas Eve which coincidentally was also Hanukkah. ¬†I brought these as an appetizer to my aunt’s house. ¬† Giada’s recipe sounded too good to ignore! And while I have tried using zucchini and other vegetables for a healthier alternative to all potato latkes, I haven’t ever tried the rest of her suggestions.

I used very little rosemary in my version and instead opted for some fresh Italian parsley and basil. ¬†Instead of standing over ¬†pan frying individual latkes for an hour, Giada baked them! ¬†This recipe couldn’t be more perfect for me. ¬†It’s just too bad they didn’t come out as great as I anticipated! ¬†(Note: Since I wasn’t serving them¬†immediately¬†I decided to do step 1 at home- put them in the frying pan to toast up the bottom and then put it on a baking sheet to bake when we arrived. ¬†I think it would have been smarter to complete all the cooking at home and re-heat upon arrival. ¬†This might just be a recipe to cook at home and eat at home!)

The latkes tasted delicious but were under cooked in the middle. ¬†They did get crispy on the outsides (I was somewhat weary the texture wouldn’t be the same with out all the frying!). ¬† My advice to you when making these, be sure your very large latke isn’t too thick in the pan or it will be hard to cook through into a nice crispy latke in the oven (the way I like them!). ¬†It might have been better to start smaller in a trial run. ¬†I also would recommend cutting them in somewhat larger pieces as they easily get messy when cutting into bite sized pieces.

I can’t wait to try these again!!

Giada’s recipe can be found here:¬†http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/crispy-zucchini-and-potato-pancakes-recipe/index.html

Photo Above Courtesy of Snap Photography

In the picture below are original zucchini and potato latkes I made earlier in the week (without the Italian influence) and fried in a pan with extra virgin olive oil. ¬†These easy latkes were made with potato, zucchini, onion, salt, pepper, flour, baking powder and egg. Serve with applesauce and/or sour cream, you can’t go wrong!

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