Tasty Tuesday: Latkes for K9s or Lassie Latkes*

Hey It’s Jet Here.

tasty tuesdaysHave you enjoyed the Channukah Crawl as much as we have?  Boy oh boy, every post is so informative, interesting and uplifting.  Bet you’re not surprised that we selected to post on Tasty Tuesday!  Have to keep the cred as Mom’s Kitchen K9s you know.  Visit Meandering Moodys for another super Hannukah post.  Head over to Pumpkinpuddy and Spike the Cat tomorrow for more Hannukah celebrations.

We’re sending you to our feline pals Ateret, Livia and Abbi who posted the historical background of Hannukah so beautifully, including the detailed version of why we make latkes or potato pancakes.  (Speed version: the oil was expected to last one night and lasted eight, so, culturally, potato pancakes and donuts are featured.)

4Health concerns have entered the picture over the years, so, now, you can find baked latke recipes in place of fried.  Foodies, chefs and creative cooks have put their spin on ingredients, so, now, you can find: sweet potato latkes, parsnip latkes, spaghetti squash latkes, celery root latkes, beet and carrot latkes, zucchini latkes and Lassie Latkes*! (click here to see the varieties offered at this year’s Latke Festival.)

15Since traditional potato latkes contain onions, Mom knew she would make onion free sweet potato latkes.  Knowing that we enjoy parsnips, too, she thought she would search for a combo recipe.  When she found one that also included a chunky applesauce component, she printed and headed for the grocery store! (fever and all… gotta love Mom!)  Mom will share the recipe below, post photos on her Kitchen Counselor Facebook tomorrow with step-by-step pics and show you the experience from our eyes below.

Sweet Potato and Parsnip Latkes with Chunky 5-Spice Applesauce

For the Chunky 5-spice Applesauce:

  • 6 MacIntosh or Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks (Mom used Fujis! See us testing below!)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder (Mom loved including this!)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For the Latkes:

  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 pound parsnips, peeled
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup flour (Mom used whole wheat pastry flour, because she couldn’t find the spelt!)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

To finish:


For the applesauce: In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the apples, lemon juice, apple cider,lemon zest, 5-spice powder and sugar and stir to mix well. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until apples begin to break down, but are still chunky. Remove from heat and cool.

6For the latkes: On a box grater, grate the sweet potatoes and the parsnips. Combine potatoes and parsnip in a large bowl. Season with salt and toss to combine. Add flour and stir to distribute evenly. Add eggs and stir well. In a large saute pan over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil (Mom used about 1/4 inch in her cast iron pan). Form the potato mixture into 3-inch latkes that are about 1/2-inch thick. Add to oil and fry until golden brown on both sides and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate and season with salt. Repeat this procedure with all of the potato/parsnip mixture, adding more oil as necessary.

Serve with applesauce, sour cream and green onions.

As my BFF, Savannah, says… click on my pics to bigify!








Among and within Jewish families, there can be a customs debate… do you eat applesauce or sour cream with your latkes?  Mom’s family was STRICTLY an applesauce family, although after asking her Aunt and my  Nana, they could not tell her why.  Mom’s heritage is predominantly (VBP) Lithuanian, although she’s not sure that contributes any insight.  After some research, Mom came up with two thoughts:

  • The history may be one of whether a family following Kosher Dietary rules wanted a dairy meal (sour cream) or a meat meal (applesauce).
  • Does the family prefer savory (sour cream) or sweet (applesauce)?

We agree and echo all the wishes written by our pals so far and wish to add that Little Miss Festival of Lights, Mom and I hope that all creatures have enough safe food and water to keep them healthy.

Another great sweet potato parsnip with chunky applesauce day!


69 thoughts on “Tasty Tuesday: Latkes for K9s or Lassie Latkes*

  1. “Lassie Latkes” love it! This looks like a great dog-friendly recipe! BTW LOVE the “short version” that you provided for the history of latkes. I am a sour cream pawson for my latkes!! Love, “Mom”

  2. Happy 4th Day of Chanukah Jetty, JJ and Miss Lori! Here’s what mom sez: “Oy Vay! Sweet potato and parsnip latkes…my Bubbe is rolling over in her grave!” BOL! But what she thinks is that this is a really interesting twist on a classic and one she will have to try soon…and that applesauce looks yummy…These days mom uses Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and this year she made apple cranberry sauce on the tart side…and she puts both on her latkes (that’s a family thing…we always had both) You dawgs gave this one a two paws up so I’m sure I’ll like them too *snoogles*

    • Hey Giz, Jet here. Hi Miss JG.

      Back at ya Giz and Miss JG. 🙂

      Mom started laughing about poor Bubbe… ya know… everything moves forward with the times… kind of cool to try new ideas and stretch the traditions!

      Oh, Dude, you hit my FAVE… Greek yogurt.. Mom has to be super careful about dairy intake, however, whenever she has leftovers from class… I’m proud to be her “yogurt nose!”

      Mom LOVES cranberries… so, your apple/cranberry sauce sounds pawesome…

      See… we love learning about family traditions… Oh yeah… 8 paws up!

    • Hey Misaki, Jet here.

      Not sure if our comment went through today, so congrats on becoming a Wagg Team Member! whoo hoo!

      Oh, we highly recommend them… sometimes they are called potato pancakes… Yes, we are enjoying Hannukah! 🙂

  3. Historically, I would think latkes would be deep fried in lard or animal fat of some kind, meaning that you couldn’t have sour cream with it. So possibly, applesauce is more historical, while sour cream is something more recent that has developed since frying oils have become largely available from plant sources? (But that is also just a total guess.)

    What ever the reason, they sure look good.

    • Hey Koira, Hey Pallo, Jet here.

      So great to hear from you, we haven’t connected for a long time. (sorry)

      Oh, we like your positing (VBP – vocab builder project); a very logical theory… Mom asked me to share that she thinks perhaps corn oil or seed oil may have been available… what do you think???

      Feel free to check out the whole process on Mom’s Kitchen Counselor FB page. You can click on the word “tomorrow” in my post now. 🙂

      • Probably corn or seed oil was available. Maybe that has something to do with why certain families developed the tradition of different toppings. They may have had more access to or simply preferred lard over corn oil, or vice versa, and come up with an accompaniment that worked. But like I said, it was just a guess! I could be totally wrong. It could be as simple as dairy being harder to get a hold of for lower class families, so they used apples instead, which were more readily available, which then turned into tradition.

      • Hey Koira, Hey Pallo, Jet here.

        Fascinating to ponder (VBP – Vocab Builder Project), isn’t it? Mom and I are curious sorts. Thanks for sharing your theories…

  4. Those latkes look good Jet! i wonder if they would hold together without the eggs? (our human element is vegan) I think we’ll try and see. Yummy, you can never go wrong with sweet potatoes and parsnips!

    • Hey ACD6pack, Jet here.

      Mom suggests EnerG egg replacer??? or another egg replacer… Whoo hoo, we cannot agree more, we LOVE sweet potatoes and parsnips (Mom roasts them for all of us often!! 🙂

  5. Oh we’ll throw confusion into the mix – we’re BOTH sour cream and applesauce at our house! MOL!! We love the idea of using parsnips – haven’t ever tried that before. Thanks for the tip! (e loooved the “Lassie Latke” name!)

    • Hey FaRaDaY, Hey Maxwell, Hey Allie, Jet here. Hi Miss Lisa.

      Ah, an equal opportunity family! Mom thought Mr. Loewes did a great job naming the latkes after one of our heroes! We LOVE parsnips @ Casa Jetty…

      Oh, btw, we’re excited you told us about the Hallmark film on Sunday… two of our pals already saw it and gave it all paws/thumbs up! We told them the story you included which made the conversation even richer, so, thanks. 🙂

  6. Woof! Woof! Great combo, granny smith and sweet potato. My mom is going to keep this recipe in mind. Interesting to add Chinese five spice … definitely a must try recipe. Golden Thanks for sharing. Happy Tasty Tuesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • Hey Sugar, Jet here.

      Mom used fujis… she would have used pink lady or honeycrisps had they been on sale! Oh yes, we highly recommend this recipe. Mom posted photos of the process on her Kitchen Counselor FB if you want to take a peek… she linked with the word tomorrow in our post!

    • Hey Oz, Jet here.

      Yeah, we all feel lucky to have each other here at Casa Jet… It’s fun to participate in the holiday traditions… 🙂 Mom posted pictures of the process on her Kitchen Counselor FB if you want to check them out… click on the word tomorrow in the post!

    • Hey Mollie, Hey Alfie, Jet here.

      You’re so funny… We know you guys can make these … knowing the talent of Miss Stella! Mom posted pics of the whole process on FB… you can click on the word tomorrow in the post now!

    • Hey Kirby, Jet here.

      When you roast a parsnip, their sweetness comes out… sort of like carrots… raw they taste and smell like soap! Mom even has a cake recipe she snuck parsnips into at one of her Kitchen Counselor classes at the University of Miami!!! We cannot tell you how yummy these latkes were… MMMMOOOMMMM… hint, hint…

  7. Ohai Jet! Nice to meet yoo via da CHanukah blog crawl! Looks like you doggies enjoyed those Latkes-did your hooman companions taste them too? How were they for hoomans? Mom is curious! Her loves trying noo recipes! Thank you for sharing!
    Love, Gromek (host of night 2 of da chanukat blog crawl!)

    • Hey Gromek, Jet here.

      We so enjoyed meeting you through the Channukah Crawl as well. Oh, the humans (even my 7 year old human neighbor, Ruby, liked them… sans applesauce!) liked them quite a lot! Gromek, please share with Mom that my Mom writes a 2x/month newsletter as the Kitchen Counselor with all sorts of juicy food related info… She can subscribe at http://www.thekitchencounselor.com if she feels comfortable. 🙂

      BTW, you were a grand host for night 2!

      • Thanks you Jet! Mom will check dat out. PS I forgotted to say we is a sour cream fambly! I like to lick sour cream off unattended plates . . . But mom LOVES applesauce-just not wif latkes-she loves to make it homemade but dad won’t eat it, so she doesn’t often! pfffft dad!!!
        And Parsnips sound interestin addition-mom only ever uses those in matzah ball soup!

      • Hey Gromek, Jet here.

        Oh, Gromek, Mom doesn’t keep sour cream in the house often because she cannot process dairy that well, however, dude… when the yogurt comes out… lactose free, goat, greek… I’m the MAN!

        Awww, shucks, homemade applesauce is yummy…. (try it with these latkes!!!)

        We highly recommend roasted parsnips with sweet potatoes and carrots… I’m licking my chops now…

    • Hey Oskar, Jet here. Hi Miss Pam.

      Mom just posted step-by-step photos where the word “tomorrow” is when she talks about her Kitchen Counselor Facebook page. We highly recommend giving these a try… 🙂

    • Hey Merlin, Hey Domino, Hey Gris Gris, Hey Odin, Jet here. Hi Miss Layla.

      Thanks so much… see, you and your hubby prove Mom’s theory!!! Bon appetit! Mom just posted step-by-step pics if you click on the word “tomorrow” where it talks about her Kitchen Counselor Facebook page!

  8. Hey Jetty,

    I so need to come over to your house buddy and help you with the testing!! I’d be really good and wait my turn!! You see, Mum’s so wubbish she’s never cooking yummy stuff – however, I know your Mum’s recipes sure are tempting her and she’s said as soon as she gets some spare time she’s gonna try them, I’m living in hope, but I’m gonna hop on over in the meantime!! Tee Hee

    Hugs to make your Mum feel well buddy,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Hey Snoopy, Jet here.

      Dude, the door to Casa Jetty is open to you ANYTIME. I heard your Mum tried a new soup this week. Did you receive any tidbits?

      Mom made chicken soup last night to see if that can destuffify her head!!! 🙂

  9. YOW Jetty: Me purrferz da sour cream wif da latkez, MOL!!! Mum too….she sayz eatin a veggie wif a fruit iz weird….altho’ me seen her eat da latkez wif appley sauce b4….but we don’t menshun dese fingz….
    Me lubz da dreidlz most of all…Mum spinz dem n me smackz dem around…me alwayz winz 😉
    Happy Chanukkah Jetty n yer Hu’Manz.
    Lub Nylablue n Sherri-Ellen. xo

    • Hey Nylablue, Jet here. Hi Miss Sherri-Ellen.

      Yes, Nylablue, as our Humom’s faithful companions, we must exercise discretion at times… we shall keep mum about the appley sauce!

      Oh, we bet you are a “smashing” dreidel player!!!

      Enjoy Night 7! xoxoxo

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