Celebrate Hanukkah with latkes, and top them with this naturally sweet, healthy homemade applesauce made with fresh ginger and raspberries.
One cup of frozen raspberries has a whopping 9 grams of fiber, and one medium apple (with the skin) has about 4.5 grams. So much good nutrition in just a few small bites!
The traditional toppings for latkes in my house are plain Greek yogurt (I prefer it to sour cream) and applesauce — preferably homemade.
But for this applesauce recipe, I decided to add a less-than-traditional twist by cooking the apples with fresh ginger, honey, and fiber-rich frozen raspberries.
I love recipes with simple ingredients, easy directions, and flexibility. When the applesauce is cooked, you can blend it up for a smooth sauce or mash with a fork or potato masher for a chunkier option.
- 3 medium-size apples, cut into ½-inch pieces (4 to 5 cups)
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 4 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1½ teaspoons fresh chopped ginger
- 2 pinches kosher salt
- Place the apples, raspberries, water, honey, ginger, and salt in a medium pot and stir to combine. Place over medium-high heat, cover, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook at a low boil, covered, until the apples are very tender, about 25 minutes. Stir occasionally. Let cool about 20 minutes.
- Place the cooked fruit in a blender and blend until smooth and the peels are incorporated. (If you don’t have a blender and plan to mash the fruit with a fork or potato masher, you may want to slice off the peels first before cooking for a nice, smooth texture.)
I make latkes once a year at Hanukkah. To be honest, they’re not my favorite thing to make, but they are one of my favorites things to eat. Latkes are time consuming (and messy!), so this year, I found the ultimate Hanukkah hack that I simply couldn’t resist. (Thank you, Suzanne.)
Even though I cooked up these Baby Cakes instead of shredding potatoes and turning them into luscious latkes, I did overachieve with the applesauce! Yes, I’m feeling a little bit of Jewish guilt over the latke hack, but I think the applesauce more than makes up for it 🙂
Another hack that caught my eye this Hanukkah season is a recipe for Tater Tot Latkes, which I saw over at Mashable.
What’s your favorite way to make applesauce? Do you have a Hanukkah hack you want to share?