Friday, December 3, 2010

The Betty Crocker Project : Vegan Baked Latkes

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If anyone had told me there would be so many Latke recipes hitting the internet the first day of Hanukkah - Well let's just say I wouldn't have believed it. I had been looking forward to posting this recipe since I found it hidden in the Vegetable section of Betty's Big Red under the title Potato Pancakes. But in a world of Latke recipes here's what makes this one special :
  • Vegan 
  • Baked not Fried 
  • Super Tasty 
  • Um - Like Extra Super Tasty! 
We've been enjoying these this Hanukkah with some Vegan Sour Cream while we watch basketball (How sad was it that Lebron didn't get his butt kicked last night? I'm not even from Cleveland but I don't like selfish people. That Gibson kid played his heart out though) and The Wire ( Can you believe Dan has never seen it? Really one of the best TV shows ever) ... We've also been playing a new game. We still love our Zombies but ya know it's cold and we wanted something we could play while I remain warm snuggled under 3 blankets on the sofa. Enter into our lives : Munchkins.

Yes - This game is as adorable as it sounds and you how I love those adorable things. It is full of inside old school D&D and RPG jokes (Oh yeah - We're going there). It  makes sense since it is put out by Steve Jackson Games - the Milton Bradley of RPGs. Though Munchkins isn't a RPG - just a card game that requires you to be super competitive and turn on those you love the most with curses like Chicken on Your Head and Duck of Doom. So obviously it has become a pretty popular way to spend a quiet night at home for us Shannons.

But enough nerdery for today - here's a song to grate potatoes too.You have to at least enjoy the LARPing by this Jewish Boy Band  if not the tune.  Thank you goes to Rachel S. who sent this song after seeing our Matzo Ball Soup featured on Peta2's blog. Happy 15th Birthday Rachel!

OK that's a lot of chatter. Let's make some Latkes! OH and for you folks who are feeling left out - We're making gingerbread cookies and some other Christmas stuff this weekend!

  • 5-6 Yukon Gold Potatoes (we use organic produce when we can so the 5 potatoes we used might be a bit a smaller - just something to keep in mind)
  • 1 Red Onion (diced) 
  • 1/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour 
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt 
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Braggs  
  • 1 Teaspoon Applesauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil 
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper 
  • 1 Tablespoon EnerG Egg Replacer
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • Vegan Sour Cream  and/or Applesauce for toppings  

Heat oven to 450.

Shred enough Potatoes to make 4 cups with either a cheese grater or food processor. Then mix in the remaining ingredients with the Potatoes in a large bowl. Spray a baking sheet with Olive Oil Cooking Spray.

Place rounded Tablespoons of the Latke mix on the baking sheet and flatten with a spatula. Then pop in the oven and bake for around 5 and then flip them and put them bake in the oven and bake for  another 5 minutes. Then check them. Just keep flipping them every 5 minutes till they are the desired crispiness.

Serve warm with the Vegan Sour Cream or Applesauce.  This will make between 12-15 Latkes.


  1. Those DO sound delicious. I should have thought of the nutritional yeast. I made two kinds this week. I just posted latkes today made with sweet potatoes. Love you post!

  2. I'm usually skeptical of baked latkes, but those do look nice and crunchy.

  3. Munchkins!!!! Which version did you play? May I recommend combining cowboys with space and playing Space Cowboys, a la Firefly?
    Also, latkes- probably the best game night food out there. I will definitely be trying this one out.

  4. Been a follower of The Betty Crocker Project for some time now - just posting...
    This recipe sounds so good that we may have to do another round of latkes! I made some this past weekend - used the Veganomicon recipe. Very tasty, but I would love to skip all the oil! (But, isnt't the oil what makes them Hanukkah-y?) Oh, well....

  5. I don't have access to the Ener-G Egg Replacer. Any suggestions for a substitute?

  6. I actually have never tried this but I hear this recipe is a good substitute for Ener-G Egg Replacer :

    I hope this helps!

  7. 1 tablespoon flax seed to 3 tablespoon water. mix and let sit five minutes, until it has an egg white consistency.