Squash and Potato Latkes #latkeweek

Squash and Potato Latkes

Welcome to the first ever #latkeweek at the Little Red Kitchen! Are you excited? I sure am! I’ve got 5 days of latke recipes coming to you, concluding with a latke roundup on Saturday from fellow food bloggers. Ā 

I love Chanukah, it’s one of my favorite holidays. I don’t know if it is the simplicity of it, the food, the family time, the presents (okay, granted I don’t get like I did when I was a kid!), or the fact that I was born smack in the middle of it!

Oh yeah, did I mention that we are ending #latkeweek on my birthday? Just something to keep in mind. šŸ˜‰Ā 

Squash and Potato Latkes

Not only are week kicking off #latkeweek today but we are also throwing a little Chanukah Blog PartyĀ hosted by Leah ofĀ Cook KosherĀ and Miriam ofĀ Overtime Cook. It’s traditional on Hanukkah to eat fried treats, most notably donuts and latkes, and we’ve got a fabulous array of Hanukkah themed recipes, treats and crafts from Jewish bloggers all over the world! Scroll down for links to all of the delicious treats and to find out about a giveaway opportunity.Ā 

Hanukkah Blog Party

My first recipe today is a special one. Ā I like to think of this as the recipe that kicked off my little cooking competition habit. Ā I entered it into Edible Magazine’s latke recipe contest in honor of the Latke Festival they hold every year. Ā Lo and behold a few weeks later I get an email from the NY Daily News letting me know that I came in second place! Woot woot!

These are more like pancakes than the shredded potato latkes that you are used to, but trust me, you still have a crispy exterior and will love every bite.Ā 

Squash and Potato Latkes

Squash and Potato Latkes #latkeweek

Any type of squash will work with this. My most recent version I used acorn because it roasts up quickly, but no matter what you use, make sure you remove any excess moisture by cooking it out on the stove top.

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  • 6 russet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 large onion
  • 11?2 cups squash puree
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1?4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1?2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Vegetable or canola oil for frying


  1. If you are using homemade squash puree, place in a small saucepan and cook out the extra moisture. If you are using frozen, proceed to the next step.
  2. Using a the grating blade on a food processor shred the potatoes and onions.
  3. Place a colander over a large bowl and let drain by pressing down to let some excess moisture out. Drain the liquid, but try to keep the potato starch at the bottom of the bowl.
  4. Place the regular blade back into the food processor and add the potatoes and onions pulsing 3-4 times. Some lumps are okay, but you are looking for loose batter. You may need to do this in batches depending on how large your food processor is.
  5. Transfer the batter to a large mixing bowl and mix in the squash, lour, pepper, salt and baking powder.
  6. Heat a frying pan over medium to medium-high heat. Pour the vegetable oil in the pan until it reaches about 1/4 inch high and heat until slightly smokey or until a small bit of batter dropped in sizzles.
  7. Drop by large spoonfuls into the oil and cook on each side about 4-5 minutes until nicely browned. Flip and cook until browned.
  8. Remove to a platter lined with paper towels and season with a little more salt.
  9. Serve with applesauce or sour cream.
Recipe Type: Vegetables, Vegetarian, Sides

Squash and Potato Latkes

To help get everyone into party mode, we have a bunch of fabulous new cookbooks to giveaway! Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win one of:
2 copies of Susie Fishbein’s new Kosher By Design Cooking Coach (sponsored by Artscroll)
2 copies of Leah Schapira’s Ā Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking (sponsored by Artscroll)Ā 
2 copies of Esther Deutch’s CHIC Made Simple (sponsored by the author)
Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 16th. Limit one entry per person per blog, so visit the other blogs for extra chances to win!Ā 
Prizes can only be shipped within the US. Entries must be accompanied by a valid email address in order to qualify.
How to enter: Leave a comment on this post [please complete before publishing your blog post].
Stop by the other blogs and check out these Chanukah Themed Recipes:

Jamie from Joy of Kosher madeĀ Zucchini Latkes with Tzatziki

Daniel from Peikes Cookbook madeĀ Potato andĀ Fennel Latkes Fried in Duck Fat WithĀ Chinese Five Spice Apple Sauce
Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen madeĀ Squash and Potato Latkes
Samantha from The Little Ferraro Kitchen made RubyĀ Red Beet Latkes with Cumin
Nechamah fromĀ TIforOA Food Ideas madeĀ Healthy Oatmeal Latkes
Liz from The Lemon Bowl madeĀ Traditional Potato Latkes
Yosef from This American Bite madeĀ Latkes & Brisket on Rye
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food madeĀ (I Can’t Believe They’re Crispy!) Baked Latkes
Laura from Mother Would Know madeĀ Three Variations of Sweet and Savory Latkes
Sarah from Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends madeĀ Kimchee Latkes
Shulie from Food Wanderings madeĀ Baked Panko Sweet Potato Leek Latkes
Donuts and Desserts:Ā 
Miriam from Overtime Cook madeĀ Shortcut Cannoli with Chocolate Mousse Filling
Leah from Cook Kosher madeĀ 5 Minute Donuts
Estee from The Kosher Scoop madeĀ Tropical Fruit Fritters
Melinda from Kitchen-Tested madeĀ Sweet Steamed Buns
Amy from What Jew Wanna Eat madeĀ Homemade Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Gelt
Avidan from Baking It Up As I Go Along madeĀ Orange Olive Oil Cake
Tali from More Quiche Please madeĀ Glazed Chocolate Donut Holes
Amital from Organized Jewish Home madeĀ Mom’s Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
Princess Lea from The Frumanista madeĀ TĆŗrĆ³gombĆ³c
Stephanie and Jessica from The Kosher Foodies madeĀ Beignets
Gigi from Gigi’s Kitchen madeĀ Bunuelos: Mini Powdered Cheese DonutsĀ 
Esther from Esther O Designs madeĀ Edible Menorahs
Patti from No Bacon Here madeĀ Hanukkah Oreo Balls
Shoshana from Couldn’t Be Parve madeĀ Churros con Chocolate
Shaindy from My Happily Hectic Life madeĀ Inside Out Apple Crisp
Eve from Gluten Free Nosh madeĀ Gluten-Free Hanukkah Sugar Cookies
The Gluten Free maven madeĀ Gluten Free Vegan Cake Donuts
Amy from Baking and Mistaking madeĀ Mini Cream-Filled French Beignets
Sarah from Food, Words, Photos madeĀ Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Victoria fromĀ Itsy Bitsy Balebusta madeĀ Pure Vanilla Donuts
Vicky and Ruth from May I Have That Recipe madeĀ Dulce de Leche and Eggnog cream filled mini sufganiot
Dena from Oh You Cook madeĀ Poached Pears in Pomegranate Sauce
Michele from Kosher Treif Cooking madeĀ Tiramisu Cheessecake
Sharon from FashionIsha madeĀ Sparkly Chanukah Cookies
Appetizers, Soups, Sauces, Drinks and other Hanukkah Food:
Laura from Pragmatic Attic madeĀ Caramel Spice Applesauce
Jessie from Bread and Butter madeĀ Honey Spiced Hanukkah Martini
G6 from Guess Who’s Coming 2 Dinner madeĀ Sweet Potato Leek Soup
Claire from I Love Soup madeĀ Sweet Potato, Coconut & Lemongrass Soup
Jennifer from Juanita’s Cocina madeĀ Kugel
Liz from Kosher Like Me madeĀ Ready, Stuff Roll!
Shelley from The Kosher Home madeĀ Hanukkah Crafts and Printables
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31 thoughts on “Squash and Potato Latkes #latkeweek

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  3. Sarah

    I spy your new fancy La Crueset dish holding the apple sauce. Adding squash to the latkes sounds great! Now I’m going to have to get some squash so I can make another batch of latkes. Josh is not going to complain. lol

  4. gigi

    congratulations on getting the 2nd place award that must have been so thrilling and no wonder as this recipe looks delish. love all the interesting variations for potato latkes really helping me out in the creativity department thats for sure. what a lovely blog party as I have now discovered your blog and others I never knew about! gigi. food and beauty blogger @ gigi’s kitchen: http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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  11. Andrea

    You just made me realize that I have canola oil! Yay! There will be latkes (of some variety!) tomorrow. šŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing this and the giveaway. Very cool.

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  14. Fonda

    So far this Chanukah, Iā€™ve made latkes and sufganiot, and the smell of fried food is permeating in our apartment. Aside from opening all the windows while frying, any other ideas to clear the air, less the odor/aroma will linger long after Chanukah is goneā€¦ when Iā€™ll need to start my diet!

  15. Fonda

    I can’t wait to try your recipe– but it will probably be post-Chanukah. So far this Chanukah, Iā€™ve made potato latkes and sufganiot, and the smell of fried food is permeating in our apartment. Aside from opening all the windows while frying, any other ideas to clear the air, lest the odor/aroma will linger long after Chanukah is goneā€¦ when Iā€™ll need to start my diet!

    1. Susan

      Fonda, I usually do 3 things to help get get the fry cook smell out. 1) Keep the vent on at all times, 2) open the window and if you have a window fan, keep the going with it blowing out 3) get a splatter guard. Not only will it keep your stovetop clean, but it will also help with the smell.

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