Latkes with Cran-Apple Compote and “Sour Cream”

Latkes

with Cran-Apple Compote and “Sour Cream”

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Everyone knows latkes, the traditional Eastern European Jewish potato pancake whose main ingredient, it sometimes seems, is oil. Ours are lighter, cut with zucchini and graced with freshly made cranberry-apple compote and “sour cream,” based on silken tofu and flavored with poppy seeds. The whole package is a nice play of colors, textures, and flavors that deftly turns a sometimes-leaden side dish into a complex, elegant main course.

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SERVINGS
2
PREP & COOK TIME
40 min
CALORIES
595
FAT
18g
CARBOHYDRATES
86g
PROTEIN
18g

MAIN INGREDIENTS

  1. 12 ounces apples
  2. 1/2 cup cranberries
  3. 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  4. 1/2 cinnamon stick
  5. 1 pound baking potatoes
  6. 1 zucchini
  7. 1 onion
  8. 2 tablespoons chickpea flour
  9. Salt and pepper*
  10. 1 lemon
  11. One 12-ounce package soft silken tofu
  12. 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  13. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil*
  14. *not included

INSTRUCTIONS

1
Heat the oven to 200°F. Rinse and core the apples; peel them if you’d like and chop them into 1-inch chunks. Put them in a small saucepan along with 1/4 cup of water, the cranberries, sugar, and cinnamon stick. Cook, stirring frequently until the fruit begins to soften and break apart, 15 to 20 minutes; remove the pan from the heat.
2
Line a colander with a clean kitchen towel. Scrub and peel the potatoes; grate them by hand or with the grating disk of a food processor (by hand will take longer). Drain the potatoes in the prepared colander, pressing down to extract excess water; transfer them to a large mixing bowl. Rinse and trim the zucchini; grate it the same way as the potatoes, but don’t bother to drain it (there’s no need to wash the bowl of the food processor or grater between uses); add the zucchini to the bowl. Trim, peel, and grate the onion; add it to the bowl along with the chickpea flour. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and mix well with your hands.
3
Rinse and halve the lemon. Wash the bowl of the food processor and fit it with the metal blade. Put half the tofu in the bowl and squeeze in the juice from one half lemon (refrigerate the remaining tofu and lemon in airtight containers for another use, like adding to soup or scrambling with cooked vegetables). Pulse until the mixture is smooth and transfer it to a small bowl. Taste, sprinkle with salt, and stir in the poppy seeds.
4
Line a plate with paper towels. Put 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet (preferably cast iron or nonstick) over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, drop the potato batter into it by the 1/4 cup or large spoonful, using the back of the utensil to spread it out into a thin layer. Cook, working in batches so the pan isn’t overcrowded, until the pancakes are browned on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn the pancakes and cook until they’re browned on the other side, 3 to 5 minutes more. Transfer to the paper towels to drain and sprinkle with salt. Transfer the pancakes to an ovenproof plate and put the plate in the oven. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding the remaining 1 tablespoon oil as needed between batches.
5
Serve the latkes with the cran-apple compote and poppy-seed sour cream.