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Crispy Root Vegetable Latkes with Beet Purée


Beet purée is a delicious alternative to applesauce for these root vegetable latkes, made from sweet potato, baking potato, and parsnip. Perfect little bites to start any meal, these appetizers are a scrumptious way to celebrate at any holiday gathering or dinner party.

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  • 2 cups grated peeled sweet potato
  • 2 cups grated peeled baking potato
  • 1 cup grated peeled parsnip
  • 3 ounces all-purpose flour, about 2/3 cup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup grated onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped, peeled apple
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) package precooked red beets, drained



Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Place first 3 ingredients on paper towels; squeeze until barely moist. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt, eggs, and onion in a bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended. Add potato mixture; beat with a mixer at low speed until combined.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil; swirl. Heap 3 tablespoons potato mixture into pan to form a patty; flatten slightly. Repeat procedure 5 times to form 6 patties. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 6 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Place latkes on a baking sheet; keep warm in oven. Repeat procedure twice with remaining oil and potato mixture to yield 18 latkes total. Sprinkle latkes with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Garnish with dill, if desired.

Combine apple and remaining ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth. Serve with latkes.

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