What’s Hanukkah without latkes? A big disappointment if you are on the SCD or the GAPS diet and are not eating any starches like potatoes. In celebration of the miracle of having enough oil to last for 8 nights, Hanukkah traditionally features foods cooked in oil. Fear not! This recipe will amaze you with how much like “real” latkes these taste. There is one simple ingredient that creates this delicious treat!
The “secret” ingredient is cauliflower! When this vegetable is used in place of potato and mixed into a batter and fried, it is just like conventional latkes. In addition, cauliflower is a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium and phosphorus, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium and manganese. Additionally it is very low on the glycemic index and considered to be mildly anti-inflammatory.
Compare that to the nutrient data of white potato which shows that potatoes are a good source of only three nutrients: vitamin B6, potassium, and vitamin C. Potatoes are also high on the glycemic index and considered to be somewhat inflammatory. Clearly, cauliflower offers a lot more nutrition.
Just one word of advice: these are so good, you may be inclined to eat a lot of them. However, for some people, cauliflower may create a lot of gas. So use caution!
Not Potato Latkes
- One medium head of organic cauliflower
- One large onion
- 3 eggs (pastured if possible)
- One teaspoon sea salt (where to buy sea salt)
- Coconut flour (where to buy coconut flour)
- butter or ghee for cooking (how to make ghee)
- Steam the cauliflower until it is quite soft
- Saute the onion until well browned
- In a food processor puree the cauliflower and onion until smooth
- Add in the eggs and salt
- If it is too loose add some coconut flour one tablespoon at a time
- Heat your pan and add your cooking fat, either butter or ghee works well here
- Be sure to use a lot of fat in the pan so they do not stick
- Make the latkes small as these do not hold together as well as potato and will break when flipping
- Cook until browned on one side and flip
- Serve on a holiday platter and enjoy!