People Staff
December 08, 2012 03:15 PM

Is it the Festival of Lights – or the Festival of Latkes?

As the first night of Hanukkah kicks off Saturday, here’s a twist on the classic potato pancake recipe to serve up at your celeb-worthy holiday party this year.

Hanukkah Quinoa Latkes

10-12 servings; recipe created by executive chef David Kolotkin, who whips up kosher-friendly fare at N.Y.C.’s The Prime Grill

• ½ cup quinoa
• 1½ cup water
• ¼ cup onion, small dice
• salt, to taste
• ¾ cup flour
• 1½ tsp. baking powder
• 1 tbsp. kosher salt
• 1 egg
• ½ cup + 2 tbsp. soy milk
• 4-5 tbsp. canola oil (or any natural vegetable oil)

Place 2 tbsp. of oil in a heavy gauge stainless steel saucepan set over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sweat until translucent. Add the quinoa and stir, toasting the quinoa and coating with oil. Add the water and salt, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked through. Remove from heat and cool.

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and 1 tbsp. of kosher salt. Mix well. Add in the egg and soy milk, and stir to combine. Add 2 cups of the cooked, cooled quinoa and mix. Heat 2 to 3 (more) tbsp. of oil in a heavy gauge frying pan set over medium-high heat. Pour batter into the heated oil, forming mini pancakes approximately 2 oz. each. Fry for 30 to 60 seconds on each side, or until golden brown.

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