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Carnival Squash Latkes with Homemade Apple Butter

Carnival Squash Latkes with Homemade Apple Butter

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Latke Ingredients

  • 1 carnival squash, peeled and grated. Makes around 4 cups grated squash. (Can substitute acorn, butternut or delicata squash)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, grated
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. curry powder
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 6 tbsp. vegetable oil

Apple Butter Ingredients

  • 6 medium sweet red apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • ½ cup apple cider or apple juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Apple Butter Directions

  1. Place the diced apples and apple cider in a large pot and simmer on medium-low heat for 30 minutes.
  2. Use a hand blender to purée the cooked apples, then add the rest of the ingredients, and stir to combine.
  3. Place the apple mixture back on the stove and simmer over medium-low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once there is no juice left in the pot, the apple butter is ready!

Latkes Directions

  1. Grate the squash and onion in a food processor, and place the mixture in a cheese cloth to squeeze out any excess liquid from the shreds. Then combine it with the lightly beaten eggs.
  2. Add the flour, salt, pepper and curry to the squash, and stir to combine.
  3. Place the vegetable oil in a large pan and heat on medium. Before cooking the latkes, test out a small spoonful to make sure the oil is hot enough. You want the oil to sizzle and bubble when the batter hits it. If the oil is smoking, it is way too hot!
  4. Scoop 2 tablespoons of the squash batter at a time into the hot oil and cook 4 minutes on each sides.
  5. Remove the latkes from the pan and place on cooling rack with paper towel underneath to catch the cooking oil. You can also place your latkes directly on paper towels to soak up the oil, but the bottoms of the latkes might get a little soggy.
  6. Top with homemade apple butter, and devour!

For step-by-step photos showing how to make this delicious recipe, visit Melinda’s site, Kitchen Tested.

Melinda is a self-taught cook, food blogger, and mother of two children from Woodmere, New York. She loves to be adventurous and daring in the kitchen and hopes to inspire her readers by adding fresh twists to simple recipes and bravely using unusual ingredients in an accessible way. You can visit Melinda on her blog Kitchen Tested to see illustrated, step-by-step recipes and stories.
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abby November 26, 2013

Wow! Possibly the most impressive latke I've ever seen - beautiful presentation! I think I'll try making these, although mine will probably come out a lot messier looking :-) Reply

Clayton Leon Winton Spokane, WA, USA November 24, 2013

Big smiles That looks so delicious! I'm saving-to-disk, and will strive to make my own version on Wednesday. Thank you for sharing your favorite recipes. *wave* *hugs* Reply

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