Apple Cheddar Latkes


Apple Cheddar Latkes //

Is it…

“Lat-keeeeys” or “lat-kays” or “lat-kuhs”?!

My (Jewish) boyfriend says the latter. I (not Jewish, obvi) say the first one. Who’s right?! He probably is. “Lat-kuhs” it is. (I just had a conversation by myself. SAD.)

These latkes are pretty awesome. If you follow me on Twitter/Facebook, you might’ve seen me link you to the sweet version that I made for Etsy last week, Spiced Apple Latkes with Cardamom Cream. Those are dessert; these are dinner.

Apple and cheddar is a classic childish flavor combination. Pieces of cheddar and slices of apple is what your mom set out for you as an afternoon snack, right? Right. And since most of us all enjoy eating things that are childish and immature, this is just perfect.

Apple Cheddar Latkes //

I used a combination of Granny Smith and Honey Crisp.

I personally dug the combo of tart and sweet…and then cheesy, but if you want you can use all Granny Smith or all Honey Crisp (or Gala or Pink Lady).

Apple Cheddar Latkes //

I’d recommend seeking out an aged sharp cheddar – they tend to be a bit drier and less oily when melted.

I fried these in duck fat (because I had some in the fridge) and WHOA! Just whoa. They’re great. Duck fat is a little expensive so I’m not sure it’s worth going out of your way for it.

Schmaltz (chicken fat) tends to be cheaper, so if you want to experiment with different fats, then I’d go with that route first.

If you’re trying to save your pennies for a nice holiday dress, then just use good quality vegetable oil. All will still taste delicious.

Oh and the freshly ground pepper? There’s a good amount in these. I was into it.

Apple Cheddar Latkes //

If these Apple Cheddar Latkes had a slogan, it’d be this: Crispy Flavors of A Childlike Snack.

Bye. Have a good week. I like you.

Apple Cheddar Latkes //

Apple Cheddar Latkes

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4 apples (1 large honey crisp & 2 granny smiths), peeled, cored and halved
1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1/4 cup all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/4 cup aged sharp cheddar, grated
1 large egg
Vegetable oil

1. Using a box grater, coarsely shred the apples, lengthwise, into a medium bowl. Toss the grated apples with the juice from one lemon and sprinkle in the salt. Allow to stand for 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and freshly ground pepper. In another small bowl, lightly beat the large egg and set aside.

3. After the apples have sat, gather them in the center of a few layers of cheesecloth and squeeze out the excess juice. Place them back in the medium bowl and add the flour mixture and cheese; toss until the apples are evenly coated. Add the beaten egg and mix until completely combined.

4. Place a skillet over medium-high heat, and pour in vegetable oil until it reaches 1/2 inch up the sides. Once the oil is hot, for each latke, place a heaping tablespoon of the apple mixture into the pan, slightly flattening the latke with the back of a spoon. Cook the latkes on their first side for about a minute or two or until golden brown. Carefully flip and cook the opposite side for an additional minute. Transfer to paper towels to drain and then place them in a preheated 200˚F oven to keep warm. Repeat the process with the remaining apple mixture. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of black pepper.

Yields 12-14 Latkes

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  • Reply this is lemonade December 10, 2012 at 10:09 am

    However you pronounce these, they look absolutely delicious. They look like hash browns… but with apple… does that make them more healthy do you think? But I don’t really need to make up an excuse to try them right? πŸ™‚

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna December 10, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Apples are totally healthier than potatoes. And let’s just ignore the frying part. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Rebecca December 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

    From a jew: your boyfriend is right with the pronunciation… but OMG you are right with this recipe! Holy cow they look amazing! Looks like my “oh no i ate way too many latkes and will not eat another one until next year!” vow from last night isn’t even going to make it a day now!

  • Reply Ralph December 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I kept expecting to find potatoes somewhere in this recipe. Pretty awesome how creative this recipe is without them!

  • Reply Chloe Moon December 10, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Hello yummy latkas!! I’ve never been a fan of latkas but these actually sound like something I would like…my boyfriend is jewish too so this would be a nice suprise! He’ll eat anything with cheddar too so that’s a plus! Definitely printing this one out! Thank you! =)

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  • Reply Amanda @ The Unfamiliar Kitchen December 10, 2012 at 11:14 am

    OMGEE, these look like the key to my heart this holiday season. And I’ve been trying to find a way to introduce latkes to my gentile boyfriend this year. This looks amazing – great job!

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance December 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Holy yum, these look amazing. I love this combo together, sweet and salty.

  • Reply Charlotte December 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Another one chiming in to say your boyfriend’s pronunciation is correct. They look delicious, though. Curious– did you feel the cheese created a mess in the pan? Having visions of trying to scrape out burnt cheese at the end.

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna December 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Nope, no mess. There will little bits of apple and cheese leftover in the pan (like with any other latke recipe), but they stuck together perfectly.

  • Reply laura @ glutton for nourishment December 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    your boyfriend is right. these look incredible! and i love that pear-shaped salt dish. adorable!

  • Reply Sarah December 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    You had me at fried cheese.

  • Reply jaime @ sweet road December 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I like the idea of using two different types of apples to get a nice variety of apple flavor!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Mmmm these look lovely!

  • Reply Let Me Eat Cake December 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    potato, apple and cheese get in my belly! these would be perfect on the go bfast hash browns πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Nina @ ambrosia December 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Oh boy, do these look good. I’ll eat apple+cheddar anything, and if it’s fried, well, then I’m sold. Fantastic twist on latkes, love it!

  • Reply Sara @ The Cozy Herbivore December 10, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Perfection. I LOVE the combination of apple and cheddar, but I’ve never thought to put them together in a latke… but it’s such a natural thing! So glad you’ve pointed this out to me. I can’t wait to give these a try, they look so light and crispy and GOOD!

  • Reply dervla @ The Curator December 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    ooooh sweet and crispy! YUM. I love that you just have duck fat laying around in your fridge πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nicole December 11, 2012 at 12:02 am

    this are amazing.

    thank god for all my wonderful jewish friends who feed me latkes.

    also…where is that pear shaped salt dish? you have used it a few times and i am obsessed.

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  • Reply Megan December 11, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Ahh, I just made latkes last night. Wish I’d seen this! I used the smitten kitchen recipe. Ah well, next time! (And I used a food processor for the grating for the first time and oh my word did it change my life.) Can’t wait to try this. Cheese in latkes. Amazing.

  • Reply Ahuva December 11, 2012 at 7:24 am

    It is really funny you mention how to pronounce latkes, because I always say “-eys” and my husband says “-uhs.” He teases me about it over Hanukka. And we are both Jewish. These look delish!

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition December 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Childish flavor combo, I love that! I totally thought these actually had potatoes in them at first, but it’s cool that they don’t. Makes all that extra black pepper even more interesting! I am just intrigued by this recipe in many different ways, haha.

  • Reply Alyssa December 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

    OHMYGOD – these look so good! Thank you for posting this!

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  • Reply Hannah December 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    This is brilliant! I love latkes (lat-kuhs for me) and apple with cheddar is one of the best flavour combinations. It’s right up there with peanut butter and chocolate for me.

  • Reply merrybelly December 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    OMG!!! I shoild totally make these for christmas dinner

  • Reply Jayne December 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Cute. I never ate a combo of cheese and apples as a kid. This is a fairly new thing to me but I can imagine how yummy they are.

  • Reply Aggie December 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Oh my gosh, these sound so good! My family is latke obsessed. We ate a ton the other night and already want more πŸ™‚ I love your twist on them!!

  • Reply Kathie December 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I had never tasted these before, and apple-cheddar was NOT a childhood flavor so I am going to the supermarket and getting me these ingredients ASAP. They look too good. I’ll tell ya how that goes. Btw, I’m new ’round here, so maybe you’ve shared already but I need to ask where did you get that beautiful wooden pear container?

  • Reply Sarah S. December 13, 2012 at 9:45 am

    What would you think about subbing the flour with almond flour? Do you think that would work, or would it be too dense?

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna December 13, 2012 at 10:15 am

      I think you’re best bet for making these gluten-free would be to use rice flour. I love that flour!

      • Reply Sarah S. December 13, 2012 at 11:18 am

        Interesting! I’ll give it a whirl – never tried rice flour.

  • Reply Dana December 14, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I agree with your Jewish boyfried. πŸ™‚

    These look so good! Initially I was thinking, apple in latkes would be weird… and then I remembered how good they are with applesauce. Silly me.

  • Reply silver price December 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    It was my first time making latkes and this recipe worked very well. I substituted buckwheat flour for the all-purpose to keep them gluten-free, and it worked well with the apples and the sharp cheddar I used.

  • Reply Michelle December 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Those look delicious!

  • Reply Erica (@Cannella_Vita) December 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Ohhhh these look absolutely delicious! I agree with your Jewish boyfriend as well! I am not Jewish, but a lot of my friends are and I have always referred to them as β€œlat-kuhs”

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  • Reply Lisa November 30, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Sounds good! One question – the recipe calls for 4 apples, but then says, “1 honey crisp and 2 granny smiths”, so is it supposed to be 3 apples or 4? Thanks.

  • Reply Sini | my blue&white kitchen November 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    These lat-keys look super delicious. What a great idea to add apples (and cheddar) to the batter. I always just top them with sour creme and apple cubes.

  • Reply Ali December 12, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I would really like to make these. Can these be baked?

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme December 12, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      I’ve never tried to bake them. Latkes really should be pan-fried!

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      Was just thinking the same thing (just made them tonight)! I might try to “flash” brown them and then bake them. These are good so I’ll play around with reducing the oil..

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  • Reply T Baks February 18, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Just made these & they’re really yummy! Tried to make a few larger ones but quickly realized that they don’t brown as nicely (and they fall apart). These would make nice party appetizers. Will use a little less oil next time (don’t usually fry foods).

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