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Laura Dolson

The Original Latkes were Low-Carb!

By November 27, 2013

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Hanukkah(Repeat blog from 2010) I love food history, so I was really delighted when a friend (thanks, Dr. F.!) sent me this interview with Gil Marks, who is a rabbi, food writer, historian, and chef.

Did you think potato latkes are the original true latke? Nope! Potatoes are from the New World, and weren't really prevalent in Europe until about 200 years ago. Marks says that latkes for Hanukkah got their start in Italy, with the primary component being ricotta cheese! He provides a recipe for cheese latkes, and I found another one that has less flour. Marks also says that traditionally Jews did not eat a lot of grains.

Yet another lower-carb option for Hanukkah!

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December 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm
(1) jerry says:

I’ll give you my potato latkes when you pry them from my cold, dead slightly overweight hands sticky with apple sauce.

December 22, 2011 at 11:00 am
(2) lowcarbdiets says:

I think that’s a totally legitimate choice. Holiday foods have meaning beyond the carb count!

December 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm
(3) keysgirl says:

That’s fine unless it means your life. Pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows, gravy, mashed potatoes, etc., etc., etc., made in the traditional way will kill a diabetic. We do our best to substitute, but it’s never quite the same. Cowboy up, boys!

December 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm
(4) DebbyK says:

HI Keysgirl!
I make ultra low carb treats that have under 7 grams of net carbs. They are delish. My brother is a diabetic and he enjoyed my Paleo Low Carb Pumpkin Pie as much as a traditional one. You can substitute, and sometimes it comes out better!
You can check out the recipe on my blog http://www.yourfitday.com
I’m a fitness trainer and wellness coach and design recipes that are low carb as well as carb heavy for the athlete who needs an insulin spike post workout.

December 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm
(5) Chava says:

I’m with Jerry, lol!

Being a religious Jewish person, I don’t really understand how someone can say that Jews don’t eat (or didnt eat) a lot of grains… Bread (made from wheat, spelt) is considered to be the “highest” food, worthy of the longest blessings, and other grain foods also get a longer blessing. I’m probably not explaining this well, but I was surprised to read that.

Here is a link that explains this better. http://www.aish.com/sh/ht/fn/48969636.html?tab=y

It’s frustrating for me, because my family does not eat gluten and this interferes with our religious practices somewhat!!

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