For the month of December, we mavens are doing something a little different for you.
We're getting in the kitchen, and re-inventing seasonal favourites and making them low histamine!
First up: the most delicious latke.
Latke is a type of potato pancake that is a food traditionally prepared during Hanukkah. It is one of several dishes fried in oil to represent the miracle of a tin of oil found in the Jerusalem Temple. The Temple had been recaptured by the Maccabees and a tin of oil that should only have provided enough light for one night continued to burn for eight days. Hence, Hanukkah is also called the Celebration of Lights.
It’s hard to go wrong with these delicious crispy pancakes fried in fat, but how would we create a Histamine Haven version?
Replacing potato with white sweet potato is a simple swap. Potatoes, as you know, can contribute to reactions that involve histamine in folks. White sweet potatoes do not have the same potential!
Matzo meal and egg are the binders to hold the grated potato together, and this is where we hit a stumbling block. Matzo has the potential of triggering mast cells to dump histamine, and egg whites are high in histamine.
After several failed attempts with egg replacements, we started exploring other options. Our version of this recipe uses arrowroot or tapioca starch. These starches have some binding ability, but not enough to create pancakes.
We needed a work around. The idea for a skillet-sized latke proved to be the perfect solution. Frying it first on high heat gives the bottom that golden, crunchy outer shell, and then we finish it off under the broiler to brown the top too.
The great thing is you don’t have to stand in front of the frying pan and monitor your pancakes anymore. Just let it cook in the oven while you tend to the rest of the meal, or while you enjoy a cup of tea.
We hope these Skillet Latkes become part of your Hanukkah tradition and allow you to enjoy a holiday favorite while keeping your symptoms in check.