International: Jewish: Sweet Idaho Potato and Ricotta Latkes

This Recipe Makeover is a sweet variation of the traditional holiday food.
Per serving: 156 calories, 8g fat, 28 cholesterol, and 145mg sodium.
Saves: 160 calories, 8g fat, 52mg cholesterol, and 331mg sodium!

Author: Photo and healthy recipe courtesy of Idaho Potato Commission
Date: November 09, 2010

Suggestions: Latkes are a popular dish served during Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights.

Serves: 8 person(s)
Yield: 8 x 1 pancake servings

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins


    Sweet Idaho Potato and Ricotta Latkes are lower in calories, fat and cholesterol than traditional latkes because of the decreased egg and oil content. Additionally, cutting back on salt makes this recipe more heart healthy. With a touch of sweetness, this makeover adds a nice touch to the holiday celebration!
  Recipe Makeover

    12 oz Idaho Potatoes, peeled
    3 Tbsp part-skim ricotta cheese
    2 Tbsp flour
    2 Tbsp sugar
    2 tsp finely grated orange peel
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp salt
    1 egg, lightly beaten
    1/3 cup golden raisins
    1/4 cup vegetable oil, such as canola
    4 tsp confectioners' sugar (or powdered sugar)

  Traditional Recipe

    3 cup peeled and shredded potatoes
    1 small onion, grated
    3 eggs, beaten
    2 Tbsp + 1 tsp all-purpose flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 cup vegetable oil


    Preheat oven to 350°F.

    Grate potatoes into a large mixing bowl. Stir in ricotta, flour, sugar, orange peel, baking powder, and salt. Add eggs and raisins; mix until well combined.

    In a large, heavy, non-stick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Using a tablespoon, spoon potato mixture into skillet, using about 2 tablespoons per pancake (skillet should hold about 4 pancakes at a time). Flatten mixture slightly with a spatula. Cook pancakes 2 minutes, then flip and cook another 2 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer pancakes to a baking sheet while cooking the remaining pancakes.

    Place cooked pancakes in the oven and bake 10 minutes or until pancakes are cooked through.

    Garnish pancakes with a sprinkling of confectionersÂ’ sugar and serve with applesauce, if desired.


    Serve with unsweetened applesauce, if desired.

    Serving suggestion is not included in the nutritional analysis.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:156 cals316 cals
Kilojoules:653 kJ1,322 kJ
Fat8.0 g16.0 g
Carbohydrates20.0 g36.5 g
Protein3.0 g6.8 g
Cholesterol28.0 mg80.0 mg
Sodium145 mg476 mg
Saturated Fat1.0 g1.6 g
Fiber1.4 g3.0 g
Calcium25.0 mg34.0 mg
Total Sugars9.0 g2.4 g

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