Call them what you want – latkes, vegetables pancakes, fried-deliciousness. They’re traditionally made with potatoes, a food some of us Primals feel better avoiding. The tuber’s low-moisture and high-starch content creates a crispy exterior and fluffy interior when fried in oil. The high starch content, unfortunately, is also the reason the insulin resistant among us are better off turning to less starchy vegetables to satisfy latke cravings.
Although latkes made with vegetables like carrot, turnip, daikon radish and zucchini will never be quite as crispy as potato latkes, they’re darn good in their own right. The flavor of each vegetable is mild enough that you’ll still feel like you’re eating a latke, yet the latke is transformed into something new and interesting. Zucchini latkes are mildest of all, the carrot and turnip are slightly sweet, and the daikon version has just a hint of spiciness.
Notes: These latkes will work with many combinations of vegetables, especially root vegetables. To make the dish lower carb, you can swap out the sweet potato or carrot with turnips or rutabaga. Use multiple paper towels or a good hand towel to ring out moisture from the shredded vegetables, especially vegetables like daikon and zucchini. This will keep your latke batter from turning watery. To make the shredded vegetables either use the large holes on a box grater or food processor with a large grate attachment.
Preheat your oven to 400 ºFahrenheit. Place a seasoned cast iron skillet in the oven to heat.
Use a towel to squeeze out the shredded vegetables. In a large bowl, combine the shredded vegetables, collagen, almond flour, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Crack the egg and mix it into the vegetable mixture. Allow the mixture to rest for 1 minute.
Place the skillet over medium high heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil. Once hot, add a scoop of the vegetable mixture to the skillet and gently flatten and shape it so it’s a slightly flattened patty. Repeat 2-3 more times so the skillet has 3-4 patties. Allow the latkes to fry for 1-2 minutes on each side.
Gently use a spatula to remove the latkes and place them on a parchment-covered sheet pan. Add the remaining oil and allow it to heat before repeating the above steps with the remaining vegetable mixture.
Place the sheet pan with the latkes on it in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Allow them to cool before removing them from the pan. Enjoy on their own or with your favorite sauce. We like combining Primal Kitchen Garlic Aioli Mayo with chopped parsley and lemon, but they are also great with a sour cream or yogurt-based dip.