Pumpkin Latke Waffles

Why make Pumpkin Latke Waffles?

This Hanukkah season I wanted to create a new kind of latke (potato pancake) with some leftover boiled potatoes and a wedge of fresh pumpkin.  As many of you know, I love using pumpkin, especially in savory dishes.  For more pumpkin recipes follow this link or this other link.

Autumn is also my favorite season of the year.  I adore the various hues of yellow, red, orange and brown everywhere as well as the abundance of harvested vegetables and fruit.  All kinds of squash, nuts, apples, and pears are among my top choices during autumn.  

Adding pumpkin to latkes improves their nutritional value by giving a healthy dose of Vitamin A and antioxidants.  One waffle gives you 43% of your daily requirement of Vitamin A and only 1 gram of fat (see the Nutrition Facts below the recipe). It’s also a great way to add a vegetable portion to a traditionally starchy meal like latkes.  

Last year I started cooking latkes on my non-stick-waffle iron as a way to avoid all the oil customarily used to fry latkes in a pan.   The waffle iron also makes the clean-up afterwards a lot easier. 

 

Any suggestions for preparing Pumpkin Latke Waffles? 

Prepare your Pumpkin Latke Waffles as a sweet dish with a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger in good old pumpkin pie fashion,  Or make your Pumpkin Latte Waffles for a savory dish with a mixture of any of the following:  cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, or curry spices (the 5 Cs).  Thyme or sage, with or without a handful of grated Parmesan cheese, are also fine choices for savory waffles.

Pumpkin Latke Waffles can be served with any of the traditional latke toppings, such as applesauce, sour cream, or jam as well as cranberry sauce, fresh fruit, or yogurt.  They can also be served in the same way as ordinary waffles:  with eggs or maple syrup on top.  If you are feeling bold, try your Pumpkin Latte Waffles as a sandwich for a veggie or meat patty.

 

Pumpkin Latke Waffles with eggs
Pumpkin Latke Waffles with eggs

I hope this basic recipe will inspire you to create your own way of eating Pumpkin Latke Waffles.  Feel free to modify the ingredients to fit your needs or to use leftovers.  These waffles are an ideal way to use leftovers after Thanksgiving:  pumpkin, potatoes (mashed or boiled), and cranberry sauce.

Please share with me in the comments below the ways you have prepared Pumpkin Latke Waffles.  Add photos if you can.  Don’t forget to use the share buttons below to forward this recipe to your friends.

Pumpkin Latke Waffles
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Pumpkin Latke Waffles are a tasty, healthy, and easy way to use leftovers after Thanksgiving or to celebrate Hanukkah.
Chef:Belgian Foodie
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
8waffles 30minutes 40minutes
Servings Prep Time
8waffles 30minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
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Instructions
Pumpkin Puree
  1. If preparing your own pumpkin puree, see instructions by following the link above in the list of ingredients.
Waffle Batter
  1. Put the pumpkin puree and cooked or grated raw potatoes in a mixing bowl. Blend together until you have a fairly smooth consistency. Latkes do not need to be smooth so don't worry of there are chunks or pieces. See notes below.
  2. Add the spices either for savory or sweet use of waffles. Mix
  3. Add a whole egg and beat together lightly (just about 10 seconds by hand)
  4. Mix the flour with the baking powder. Add the flour about a third at a time and mix together lightly. See notes below. The consistency should be like a cake batter or thick pancake batter. You may not need all of the flour.
Cooking Waffles
  1. Follow the instructions for your waffle iron. Since mine is non-stick, no oil is needed. You may need to add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to the batter or to your iron before cooking.
  2. Continue cooking the waffles in batches. On my iron, I was able to make 4 x 2 large rectangular waffles weighing about 65g (2 oz) each. It took about 9 minutes to cook on my waffle iron, but this may be different on yours.
  3. Serve with the toppings you want and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

If you use grated raw potatoes, make sure you put them in a fine strainer for about 30 minutes and then squeeze out any excess liquid. You can also wrap the grated raw potatoes in a cheese cloth and wring out the liquid.

For the flour, feel free to use half white flour and half whole wheat flour.  You may also blend other flours or grains to replace the same amount of flour.  For instance, I put 1/3 flour, 1/3 oat bran and 1/3 pre-cooked polenta.

Written by:Belgian Foodie

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Latke Waffles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 92 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.4g 2%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 113mg 5%
Potassium 289mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 44%
Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 4%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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