All Year Latkes

When I met Navah a little over three years ago, I didn't really know what it would mean for my life to be in a relationship with someone who was Jewish (having been raised Christian in Georgia myself).  Neither of us could predict what it would mean to figure out our religious and cultural differences, but we both knew we wanted to be together.  Our interfaith journey has not been without trials, and I'm sure they will continue.  But it has also been filled with respect and understand and even some joy.  I have loved learning about and participating in Navah's traditions, especially the food ones.  Brisket!  Kugle! Matzo brei! Hello matzo ball soup!  How did I never know about that?!  Thanks to Navah's mom, I make a delicious one now.

This year was my first go-round with latkes, and let me say, they were the champions of Chanukah (after, of course, the miraculous light itself).  I myself came in a close third when I remembered all the words to the first part of the blessing.  Maybe next year I'll remember the whole thing!  (Languages = not my strong suit)

All Year Latkes

1 red onion, grated
1 sweet potato, grated
1/2 apple, grated
1 carrot, grated
1 beet, grated 
2 eggs
1/2 cup brown rice flour 
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 tbsp oil (I used grapeseed because I was cooking at a fairly high temperature)

1.  In a small pan, saute the onion on medium low heat about 5 minutes, or until the onion begins to turn clear. I'm pretty fuzzy with this part because I throw the onion on while I start grating the rest of the veggies.
2.  Set the onions aside to cool while you grate the rest of the veggies.  Once they're all grated, squeeze out any excess moisture in a colander.  Then mix the vegetables, onion, eggs, and flour.  Add salt and pepper.
3.  Heat the oil over medium high heat in a pan while forming the latke mixture into small patties.  You can squeeze out a little excess moisture as you go.
4.  Fry the patties on each side for about 2 minutes and then place on paper towels to drain.
5.  Serve with apple sauce.