It’s that time of year again, where potato pancakes have a shining moment in the spotlight, thanks to the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Also known as latkes, potato pancakes have a rather fascinating history and I love foods that last thousands of years to celebrate cultural beliefs and values. A lot of power for a little pancake, huh?!

 So aside from having a lot of roots in the Hanukkah tradition, I love how easy these potato pancakes are to make! Minimal ingredients are needed and they can easily be made gluten-free and vegan. And of course, I’m serving them up with some homemade golden delicious applesauce.

You’ll start by making the simple applesauce. Simply peel, core, and chop the apples and add them to a large pot with water, lemon juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt. Let the mixture start to bubble and then simmer it for about 30 minutes to break down and meld into the most delicious cinnamon applesauce. You can use a potato masher to obtain the desired consistency of applesauce, whether you like it a little bit chunky or completely smooth. You may also blend it.

While the applesauce is cooking, you can prep the potatoes and onion for the potato pancakes. You’ll grate the potatoes into a large bowl fitted with a kitchen towel to squeeze the excess liquid from the potatoes. Then combine with grated onion, gluten-free flour, flax eggs, salt and pepper. Form the mixture into patties and then fry them in oil. Adding flax eggs not only replaces the eggs that are sometimes used in potato pancakes, and also acts as a binder, but it also offers some added fiber and omega-3s.

You can serve the potato pancakes with warm applesauce and garnish with fresh chives. A delicious plant-based meal in just about 45 minutes, depending on how fast of a peeler you are. 😉

I hope you love this recipe and it stands up to your traditional holiday expectations! I’d love to hear your thoughts, so be sure to comment below!

Golden Delicious Applesauce

Potato Pancakes