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Zucchini Latkes with Tzatziki


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My recent obsession with zucchini knows NO bounds.  I make the Zucchini Spaghetti from the summer issue of the magazine almost weekly.  And for lunch, when I am in a rush (which I always am) I just julienne some Zucchini, quickly sauté it and top it with a little marinara and grated Parm.  It’s not unheard of that both my lunch and dinner, on any given day, feature this member of the squash family that looks like a cucumber’s cousin.

The infatuation all started with my commitment to eat right (zucchini is a “free” veg on most healthy eating plans) and my handheld julienne peeler.  I cried when we had to part ways for 6 weeks when I moved to Israel, Hubby put it on the lift, I wanted to bring it in my makeup case.

My undying love for my julienne peeler notwithstanding, I do think my Zucchini Latkes call for the consistency of shredded zucchini (either on the side of your box grater or in your food processor).  These lovely latkes have no potatoes but they do have a little matzah meal to help hold them together.  Perfect with the usual suspects like applesauce and/or sour cream, but you can also dress ‘em up with a quick & easy Tzatiki – a Greek yogurt based sauce.  Make your own semi-homemade Greek yogurt (check out this recipe with step-by-step photos) or buy, it now comes in Cholov Yisroel from Norman’s Dairy.

On Chanukah I like to fry fresh daily.  But you can always prep ahead and rewarm in a single layer on a baking pan in the oven (don’t overcrowd your pan when frying or your latkes will be soggy and don’t stack ‘em when re warming or your latkes will be soggy — and if you couldn’t tell the goal here is crispy not soggy latkes, got it?).  After an especially long session at my 4 frying pans (yes I have them all going at once) Hubby said I smelled like I just got off a double shift at Burger King, only thing missing was a hairnet.  We both laughed.  I am still laughing.  How would a hairnet look over my snood?

Happy Happy Happy Chanukah!

Don’t miss any of our 8 nights of Dairy Delights or any of the recipes in The Chanukah Blog Party – See Below.

Welcome to our first ever Hanukkah Blog Party, hosted CookKosher and Miriam of Overtime Cook. It’s traditional on Hanukkah to eat fried treats, most notably donuts and latkes, and we’ve got a fabulous array of Hanukkah themed recipes, treats and crafts from Jewish bloggers all over the world! Scroll down for links to all of the delicious treats. 

To help get everyone into party mode, we have a bunch of fabulous new cookbooks to giveaway! Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win one of:

2 copies of Susie Fishbein’s new Kosher By Design Cooking Coach (sponsored by Artscroll)
2 copies of Leah Schapira’s  Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking (sponsored by Artscroll) 
2 copies of Esther Deutch’s CHIC Made Simple (sponsored by the author)

Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 16th. Limit one entry per person per blog, so visit the other blogs for extra chances to win! 
Prizes can only be shipped within the US. Entries must be accompanied by a valid email address in order to qualify.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post telling us,  What is your favorite kind of latke?

This Contest is Now Closed

Stop by the other blogs and check out these Chanukah Themed Recipes:

Jamie from Joy of Kosher made Zucchini Latkes with Tzatziki

Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen made Squash and Potato Latkes
Samantha from The Little Ferraro Kitchen made Ruby Red Beet Latkes with Cumin
Nechamah from TIforOA Food Ideas made Healthy Oatmeal Latkes
Liz from The Lemon Bowl made Traditional Potato Latkes
Yosef from This American Bite made Latkes & Brisket on Rye
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food made (I Can’t Believe They’re Crispy!) Baked Latkes
Laura from Mother Would Know made Three Variations of Sweet and Savory Latkes
Sarah from Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends made Kimchee Latkes
Shulie from Food Wanderings made Baked Panko Sweet Potato Leek Latkes
Donuts and Desserts: 
Miriam from Overtime Cook made Shortcut Cannoli with Chocolate Mousse Filling
Leah from Cook Kosher made 5 Minute Donuts
Estee from The Kosher Scoop made Tropical Fruit Fritters
Melinda from Kitchen-Tested made Sweet Steamed Buns
Amy from What Jew Wanna Eat made Homemade Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Gelt
Avidan from Baking It Up As I Go Along made Orange Olive Oil Cake
Tali from More Quiche Please made Glazed Chocolate Donut Holes
Amital from Organized Jewish Home made Mom’s Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
Princess Lea from The Frumanista made Túrógombóc
Stephanie and Jessica from The Kosher Foodies made Beignets
Gigi from Gigi’s Kitchen made Bunuelos: Mini Powdered Cheese Donuts 
Esther from Esther O Designs made Edible Menorahs
Patti from No Bacon Here made Hanukkah Oreo Balls
Shoshana from Couldn’t Be Parve made Churros con Chocolate
Shaindy from My Happily Hectic Life made Inside Out Apple Crisp
Eve from Gluten Free Nosh made Gluten-Free Hanukkah Sugar Cookies
The Gluten Free maven made Gluten Free Vegan Cake Donuts
Amy from Baking and Mistaking made Mini Cream-Filled French Beignets
Sarah from Food, Words, Photos made Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Victoria from Itsy Bitsy Balebusta made Pure Vanilla Donuts
Vicky and Ruth from May I Have That Recipe made Dulce de Leche and Eggnog cream filled mini sufganiot
Dena from Oh You Cook made Poached Pears in Pomegranate Sauce
Michele from Kosher Treif Cooking made Tiramisu Cheessecake
Sharon from FashionIsha made Sparkly Chanukah Cookies
Appetizers, Soups, Sauces, Drinks and other Hanukkah Food:
Laura from Pragmatic Attic made Caramel Spice Applesauce
Jessie from Bread and Butter made Honey Spiced Hanukkah Martini
G6 from Guess Who’s Coming 2 Dinner made Sweet Potato Leek Soup
Claire from I Love Soup made Sweet Potato, Coconut & Lemongrass Soup
Jennifer from Juanita’s Cocina made Kugel
Liz from Kosher Like Me made Ready, Stuff Roll!
Shelley from The Kosher Home made Hanukkah Crafts and Printables

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About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




48 Responses to Zucchini Latkes with Tzatziki

  1. avatar says: sdg729

    I’m a latke purist.
    Give me old fashioned potato latkes straight out of the pan!

  2. avatar says: cookbook

    Squash is probably my favourite food too. I find it so versatile. I’ll definitely be trying these!

  3. avatar says: Amital

    We’re a potato latke family here, too. The other kinds are good sometimes, but there’s nothing like the classic!

  4. I’m a purist too, but my family is also a big fan of tuna croquettes and quinoa patties. Both are fried like a latka so my guess is that they count too :)

  5. ohhh… these look amazing! I’d say zuchinni latkes with a spinkle of parmesan cheese! YUM!

  6. Awesome idea. I’m really not a fan of apple sauce with my latkes.

  7. avatar says: eli7nyc

    Just made the potato latkes and they were awesome. That’s my favorite kind.

  8. Definitely potato latkas! next would be sweet potato latkah. A distant third would be cheese latkas.

  9. We love plain potato latkes with blackberry jam/jelly on top. So yummy!

  10. Plain potato latkes with blackberry jam/jelly on top. So yummy!

  11. avatar says: RochelS

    Just plain potato latkes! Nothing on it :)

  12. avatar says: faigy

    Zucchini latkas are great, but I love leeks – in their own latka or mixed with potato!

  13. I don’t think I’ve had anything other than a plain potato latke. I need to branch out!

  14. avatar says: Fran M.

    Latkes with sour cream–the best! I would love to win one of these cookbooks and try out some new recipes!

  15. I love plain potato latkes, but every year I experiment with new veggies. This year was parsnips and potatoes. They were delicious!

  16. says: Ima

    Cheese Latkes with sour cream!

  17. My favorite kind of latke is good old fashioned potato, with sweet cheese coming in at a close second! Though I think I now have to give zucchini a shot!

  18. I love zucchini latkes.

  19. avatar says: shuly

    traditional latkas with russet potatoes

  20. avatar says: Judik

    Inevitably my latkes never make it to the table! Hot and right out of the pan is the way everybody eats them in our house. We can make 20lbs and they still disappear. No reheating ever occurs!

  21. avatar says: daerae

    oooopppps!! I meant to leave a comment not reply!
    This is great! My Grandma wanted me to make Tzatiki, now I have great recipe!!

  22. avatar says: daerae

    Please forgive my last two comments…my computer was acting funny. So sorry!
    Our favorite this year was potato, sweet potato, and carrot.

  23. avatar says: qtklein

    I also love all things zucchini right now. Especially spiralized zucchini sauteed with onions, schug and then scrambled with eggs!

  24. avatar says: eisnerds

    i love this site

  25. Potatoe or Zucchini but made in mini muffin tins – Latke pop-ems! TRY them – you’ll be hooked (and they freeze and re-heat great!)

  26. I love vegetable latkes!!

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