Butternut Squash and Leek Latkes with Pan-Roasted Cumin

Butternut Squash and Leek Latkes with Pan-Roasted Cumin
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Butternut Squash and Leek Latkes with Pan-Roasted Cumin

Viviane Bauquet Farre

Butternut Squash and Leek Latkes with Pan-Roasted Cumin

Of course, the potato latke is de rigueur on any Hanukkah menu, but why not serve latkes with other seasonal ingredients, I wondered? That’s when sweet, delicate butternut squash came to mind... and this recipe was born.

Because the squash is grated raw, the latkes remain light and slightly crunchy. The addition of the pan-roasted cumin seeds bring these lovely morsels an exotic flair, while the sour cream helps to pull the flavors together.


Heat a small, heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds and cook until they turn dark brown and are fragrant, about 2 minutes, shaking the pan constantly and taking care not to burn the seeds. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

Place the butternut squash and leek in a medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle the cumin seeds and flour on top. Season with the salt and pepper and toss well. Add the eggs and stir until well blended.

Heat a large heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat. Add enough oil to generously cover the pan (about 1/8-inch). Using a dessert spoon, drop 2 teaspoons of batter into the hot oil for each latke. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Flip the latkes and sauté for another 2 minutes until golden brown. (You may have to lower the heat as the pan gets hotter. The latkes shouldn’t turn brown too fast and the oil should never come to the smoking point.)

Transfer to a platter lined with a paper towel. Repeat until the butternut squash mixture has all been used up, adding more oil to the pan as necessary. Place the latkes on a platter. Spoon a dollop of sour cream on top of each latke. Garnish with a cilantro leaf and serve immediately.


Note: The latkes can be prepared up to 2 hours ahead and kept at room temperature. To reheat, place on a jellyroll pan and warm in a 400 degree preheated oven for 6-7 minutes until sizzling.


Calories per serving:

40 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb, Low Sodium Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 3g 5%
  • Carbs 2g 1%
  • Saturated 1g 3%
  • Fiber 0g 1%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 0g
  • Monounsaturated 2g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 1g 1%
  • Cholesterol 11mg 4%
  • Sodium 55mg 2%
  • Calcium 12mg 1%
  • Magnesium 6mg 1%
  • Potassium 51mg 1%
  • Iron 0mg 2%
  • Zinc 0mg 1%
  • Phosphorus 13mg 2%
  • Vitamin A 61µg 7%
  • Vitamin C 2mg 4%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 1%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 1%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 1%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 1%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 7µg 2%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin K 3µg 4%
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