These spaghetti squash latkes are a tasty way to serve up one of our favorite squashes.
Wait – spaghetti squash latkes? That’s right. Of course the most popular way to serve this popular vegetable (fruit?) is to use it as a pasta substitute. But we’ve never been super-crazy about food that only feels legitimate when it’s pretending to be something else. Be proud of who you are, spaghetti squash. Be a squash if that’s what you are!
Anyway, when we saw this beautiful yellow organic spaghetti squash on our tour of Tutti Frutti Farms (you can find it at most grocery stores) we knew that it was a must-have item. When it’s cooked, it has this brilliant yellow color that is just too perfect to resist. So we decided to think outside the bowl of spaghetti, so to speak, and instead we made it into savory latke-style pancakes. Our kids call them “dinner pancakes.” Check it out:
Spaghetti Squash Latkes
Spaghetti squash made into crispy latke-style pancakes.
- medium spaghetti squash
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- additional salt and pepper to taste
Slice the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out and discard the seeds, and place the cut sides down in a baking pan filled with about an inch of water. Roast the squash at 350 degrees for about one hour, or until the flesh of the squash is tender. Remove the squash from the oven, and with a fork, gently pull away the flesh from the skin into long spaghetti-like strips.
Place the spaghetti squash strands in a medium mixing bowl. Drain off any excess liquid. Add the egg, flour, and salt and stir to combine.
Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp. of the oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully shape the mixture into little walnut-sized balls and drop the balls into the frying pan, flattening them with a spatula. Cook until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and drain excess oil on a paper towel. Repeat with remaining batter and oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Makes approximately 18 pancakes.
You can serve these spaghetti squash latkes as a side dish, or you can jazz them up to make them a main course. For example, some of our family members like them with sour cream on top.
Does your family like spaghetti squash? How do you like to serve it?
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