Butternut Squash Latkes with Za’atar and Labneh {Plus a OXO Non-stick Square Griddle Giveaway!}

Take a lighter approach to your latke making this season and switch out the potato for these Butternut Squash Latkes topped with Za’atar and Labneh

Butternut Squash Latkes from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

I feel like I’ve been a bit whiney lately, have I? Well, if so let’s change that around and talk about positive things, fun things, like the fact that Chanukah starts next week and oh it’s my birthday too!

Do you know what that means? It means a week of really good eating here in Little Red Kitchen land.

Next to Thanksgiving, Chanukah ranks up there as my favorite holiday.  How can you pass up the opportunity to eat all the fried foods and gamble with chocolate coins?

Butternut Squash Latkes | The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Even so, as I get older (grumble), my stomach starts to complain if I have too much fried food.  Which basically means if I want to have latkes for 8 nights straight, I better come up with a way to cook them that doesn’t use a vat of oil (I exaggerate, but only slightly).

It just so happens that my search for a lighter latke lined up with the release of OXO’s new cookware line.

You do know OXO makes cookware now, right?

It’s fine, I totally get it if you aren’t up to date on all your OXO news but you need to be informed now.  Just like their kitchen tools, the cookware is beautifully crafted to make your life easier.   So of course, I felt the need to try out the Non-Stick Pro 11 inch Square Griddle to see if latkes could be made with just a schmear of oil.

Guess what? They can.  Are they going to be like your normal crispy and crunchy potato latkes? No they aren’t, they are more pancake like with a golden crust on the outside.  The sweetness from the squash comes shining through and since we aren’t going traditional here, a little topping with za’atar and labneh felt like the perfect fit.

Extra bonus? Your home won’t smell like a fry house when you are finished cooking.

Want to give it a go? Lucky you can win your own griddle if you keep reading.

Butternut Squash Latkes with Za'atar and Labneh
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  • 1 small to medium butternut squash, shredded
  • 1 medium onion, shredded
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra to season
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon avocado, grapeseed or organic canola oil
  • za'atar and labneh for topping


  1. In a medium bowl coming the shredded squash, onion, flour, salt, pepper and baking powder.
  2. Heat your griddle over medium heat for about a minute or two or until it's nice and hot.
  3. Brush oil across the surface of the griddle and form 1/4 cup patties of the shredded squash, squeezing out excess liquid and place it on the griddle. Flatten the latkes slightly and make sure not to crowd the pan.
  4. Cook for 7-9 minutes or until it's golden brown and crispy before flipping. Cook for another 5-7 minutes then transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and season with salt.
  5. Keep warm in a 200 degree heated oven while you continue to cook the rest of the latkes.
  6. Serve latkes hot topped with labneh and a sprinkling of za'atar.
Recipe Type: Side Dish, Appetizer

 How about that griddle? What would you do with a new one? It’d be perfect for some Saturday morning pancakes or french toast, right? How about frying some eggs up on it?  I’ve got some big plans in store!

Want to know how to win?

OXO Non-stick Pro 11 inch Square Griddle

One lucky person will win one (1) OXO Non-stick Pro 11 inch Square Griddle.  To enter, simply follow the instructions in the rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway is open from December 10th to December 17th 2014 to U.S. Residents only age 18+.  Winners will be randomly selected and notified via email.  The winner has 48 hours to respond, otherwise their prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be selected.

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Disclaimer: I was provided with OXO’s griddle for recipe development purposes.  All opinions stated are my own.

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63 thoughts on “Butternut Squash Latkes with Za’atar and Labneh {Plus a OXO Non-stick Square Griddle Giveaway!}

  1. tammigirl

    Oooooh… I would make potato pancakes – one of my favorite things in the world. My mother and grandmother made them for me a lot growing up and they always felt like such a delicious treat! I can imagine a ton of great uses for this, though. Pancakes, fried eggs, and any other thing which would be easier to pick up without the side of the pan in the way!

    Grilled cheese!

  2. Cookin Canuck

    My family is kind of obsessed with latkes and I’ve started to make the baked version recently. However, I haven’t tried them with butternut squash and za’atar – that is something I have to try!

  3. Margot C

    I might make potato latkes (the classic kind); because much as I adore your recipe idea (and might make it for some ladies) my husband would keel over if I changed the latkes in even the tiniest way!

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  5. Stephanie K.

    I would do pancakes and French toast. . . but I would certainly try the Butternut Squash Latkes because I love squash!

  6. Bea

    Oh yes, latkes love them in any form butternut squash, sweet potato, standard potato so delicious and Alena told me that she could eat them every day for breakfast, lunch & dinner. So yes, reducing the oil and smell in the house would be fantastic. No worries so, I will not oblige Alena’s wishes but we still make them at least once every couple of weeks.

  7. Carla S

    I would make latkes, vegetable pancakes,hashbrowns, salmon patties, corned beef hash, vegetable omelettes, and french toast if I won.

  8. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    My husband’s family celebrates Hanukkah but I never have (heck, I’m not even sure I can spell it right). But I would love to honor his family’s faith and heritage in some way and whipping up some of these would be perfect! I may need to pick your brain for some other ideas, too. Also, happy birthday!

  9. Mac W

    first I’d make pancakes.. that’s the test for me. Then grilled cheese. If those came out the way I loved them.. I’d probably make anything and everything I could. love cooking on a good griddle


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