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“The crisp on the outside, soft within fritters are perhaps most commonly made with potatoes, but we’ve got our fair share of twists and turns to add to your latke list. Here are five ways to make them — and be sure to check out our how-to guide on latkes, right over here.
Crunchy Parsnip-Carrot Latkes, above. Light and tender, this combo of root vegetables provides a little sweetness that is tamed by garam masala. There’s extra crunch, thanks to dehydrated potato flakes (a.k.a. the stuff used to make instant mashed potatoes). Serve with sour cream.
Apple Cheddar Latkes. Run, do not walk, to make these potato-less pancakes. They come together quickly and won over every single skeptic with their cheesy, comforting, crispy goodness. They are best eaten just after they’re made, but we nibbled on them throughout the day and weren’t mad about it. Apple and cheese not your thing? Try Cabbage Latkes for another potato-less treat…”
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