Celery Root Latkes (Egg-free, GAPS, Paleo)
Celery root makes a delicious and unique latke. Potato latkes prepared with eggs are classic, but you may find a special appreciation for this egg-free, GAPS- and Paleo-friendly version whether or not you have food sensitivities or celebrate Hanukkah! Duck fat is perfect for frying. Probiotic-rich sour cream is a traditional topping, but for a dairy-free version just enjoy them with applesauce.
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
- 1 medium celery root, about 1¼ pounds
- 1 small onion (or ½ large onion)
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon coarse unrefined sea salt
- About ½ cup duck fat for frying (or coconut oil)
- Crème fraiche or sour cream and/or applesauce, for serving
Combine the applesauce and ground chia seeds in a small bowl and let them sit while you prepare the celery root.
Carefully cut the thick skin off of the celery root. Using the grating attachment on a food processor, grate celery root and transfer to a large mixing bowl. You should have about 4 cups grated. Grate the onion, then place inside a clean towel and wrap it up, squeezing out as much of the liquid as possible. Add onion to the bowl. Add the applesauce/chia seed mixture, garlic powder, nutmeg, and salt and mix with your hands until well combined. Gently form mixture into patties, about ½-inch thick.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with unbleached paper towels. Add duck fat to a cast iron skillet until you get a 1/4-inch layer when melted. Working in batches, fry latkes over medium high heat until golden brown on each side, about 3 minutes per side. As you go, transfer cooked latkes to the baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while you finish the batches. Serve warm with crème fraiche or sour cream and applesauce. Best when eaten immediately.
- Duck fat is a healthy cooking fat that's ideal for frying. If you choose not to use it, coconut oil will work but will impart its flavor.
- For optimal freshness, make your own ground chia seeds by grinding whole seeds in a coffee grinder.
- Grating the celery root by hand is a work-out and doesn’t yield the same results, but if a hand grater is what you've got, go for it.
- Celery root latkes pair well with braised meats or roasted chicken, and a nice green salad.