Ruby Red Beet Latkes with Cumin

Happy Hanukkah! This year I am part of the first ever Hanukkah Blog Party, hosted by 2 of my favorite bloggers, Leah of Cook Kosher and Miriam of Overtime Cook. Since it’s traditional on Hanukkah to eat fried treats (Latkes and doughnuts, anyone?), today we have a fattening fabulous spread of Hanukkah themed recipes, treats and crafts from Jewish bloggers all over the world!!Another part of Hanukkah tradition, is gift giving! I remember when I was little my grandparents would host the annual family Hanukkah party and all the kids would line up in front of the gift table with bags wide open eager for gifts. Those were the days.

So to help get the party started, we have a bunch of fabulous new cookbooks to giveaway!

Giveaway Closed!


You can win one of…

2 copies of Susie Fishbein’s new Kosher By Design Cooking Coach (sponsored by Artscroll)
2 copies of Leah Schapira’s  Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking (sponsored by Artscroll)
2 copies of Esther Deutch’s CHIC Made Simple (sponsored by the author)

How to enter:

Leave a comment on this post!

Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 16th. Limit one entry per person per blog, so visit the other blogs forextra chances to win! 
Prizes can only be shipped within the US. Entries must be accompanied by a valid email address in order to qualify.

And now for the beet latkes…

Ruby Red Beet Latkes via



I had so much fun  experimenting with this new latke recipe just for this event.  Based on a whim and trip to the farmers market and voila…beet latkes was born..  Last year I posted about my moms traditional latkes but this year I really wanted to try something different. Beets have such a gorgeous and deep color and I wanted to see how these would fry up. Some people mentioned adding cumin to the beet mixture and after testing with and without, cumin won. I thought the cumin would overpower the sweet beets but oh no…this latke turned out to be exotic and delicious. I threw in some potato for that common feel and just a dusting of that cumin  really paired  perfectly with the sweetness of the beets.

Ruby Red Beet Latkes with Cumin


  • 3 medium red beets, peeled
  • 1/2 red onion, cut in quarters
  • 3 small thin-skinned potatoes, peeled
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1/4 cup matzo meal
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Canola oil for frying


  1. Using a food processor with the small shredding blade, shred the beets, potatoes and onion. Use a dark colored kitchen towel to ring out any excess water from the vegetables.
  2. *There will be lots of moisture.
  3. In a large bowl, add the beet mixture, eggs, matzo meal, cumin and salt and pepper together and mix well. I use my hands at this step.
  4. Heat a large skillet with canola oil, about 1/4in high. Make sure oil is hot before frying by testing with a small piece of vegetable. It should sizzle when its ready. Use a regular table spoon to scoop mixture and carefully placing it in the hot oil.
  5. Allow to cook on first side for about 3 minutes and use a flat spatula to carefully turn latke over and cook other side for about 2-3 minutes/
  6. Place latkes on paper toweled lined plate r wire rack.

Ruby Red Beet Latkes via

Stop by the other blogs and check out these Chanukah Themed Recipes:


Jamie from Joy of Kosher made Zucchini Latkes with Tzatziki
Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen made Squash and Potato Latkes
Samantha from The Little Ferraro Kitchen made Ruby Red Beet Latkes with Cumin
Nechamah from TIforOA Food Ideas made Healthy Oatmeal Latkes
Liz from The Lemon Bowl made Traditional Potato Latkes
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food made (I Can’t Believe They’re Crispy!) Baked Latkes
Laura from Mother Would Know made Three Variations of Sweet and Savory Latkes
Sarah from Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends made Kimchee Latkes
Shulie from Food Wanderings made Baked Panko Sweet Potato Leek Latkes

Donuts and Desserts:

Miriam from Overtime Cook made Shortcut Cannoli with Chocolate Mousse Filling
Leah from Cook Kosher made 5 Minute Donuts
Estee from The Kosher Scoop made Tropical Fruit Fritters
Melinda from Kitchen-Tested made Sweet Steamed Buns
Amy from What Jew Wanna Eat made Homemade Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Gelt
Avidan from Baking It Up As I Go Along made Orange Olive Oil Cake
Tali from More Quiche Please made Glazed Chocolate Donut Holes
Amital from Organized Jewish Home made Mom’s Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
Princess Lea from The Frumanista made Túrógombóc
Stephanie and Jessica from The Kosher Foodies made Beignets
Gigi from Gigi’s Kitchen made Bunuelos: Mini Powdered Cheese Donuts 
Esther from Esther O Designs made Edible Menorahs
Patti from No Bacon Here made Hanukkah Oreo Balls
Shoshana from Couldn’t Be Parve made Churros con Chocolate
Shaindy from My Happily Hectic Life made Inside Out Apple Crisp
Eve from Gluten Free Nosh made Gluten-Free Hanukkah Sugar Cookies
Amy from Baking and Mistaking made Mini Cream-Filled French Beignets
Sarah from Food, Words, Photos made Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Victoria from Itsy Bitsy Balebusta made Pure Vanilla Donuts
Vicky and Ruth from May I Have That Recipe made Dulce de Leche and Eggnog cream filled mini sufganiot
Dena from Oh You Cook made Poached Pears in Pomegranate Sauce
Michele from Kosher Treif Cooking made Tiramisu Cheessecake
Sharon from FashionIsha made Sparkly Chanukah Cookies
Yosef from This American Bite made Garlic, Zaatar and Olive Oil Popcorn

Appetizers, Soups, Sauces, Drinks and other Hanukkah Food:

Laura from Pragmatic Attic made Caramel Spice Applesauce
Jessie from Bread and Butter made Honey Spiced Hanukkah Martini
G6 from Guess Who’s Coming 2 Dinner made Sweet Potato Leek Soup
Claire from I Love Soup made Sweet Potato, Coconut & Lemongrass Soup
Jennifer from Juanita’s Cocina made Kugel
Liz from Kosher Like Me made Ready, Stuff Roll!
Shelley from The Kosher Home made Hanukkah Crafts and Printables


This is the second of many fabulous Holiday Blog Parties. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to participate in future parties, please email


  1. says

    made some beet latkes recently with some other mix ins and came out cute :) yours turned out amazing! thanks for the great recipe. with this blog party I have really discovered some awesome new blogs-yours included. can’t wait to come back and visit again soon. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ gigi’s kitchen:

  2. says

    Samantha, these beet latkes are gorgeous and your instinct was spot on to go with the cumin. You’re on a roll these days, it’s been a joy to see you take your place in the kitchen and on the web. Happy Hanukkah to you & yours!

  3. Fonda says

    I can’t wait to try your recipe– but it will probably be post-Chanukah. So far this Chanukah, I’ve made potato latkes and sufganiot, and the smell of fried food is permeating in our apartment. Aside from opening all the windows while frying, any other ideas to clear the air, lest the odor/aroma will linger long after Chanukah is gone… when I’ll need to start my diet!


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