Rutabaga Latkes

I’m on a major rutabaga kick right now. Lately, I’ve been boiling them, mashing them, and roasting them, and in this case—grating and frying them into crispy, tender, rutabaga latkes.

A drizzle of sour cream and an extra bit of parmesan is always a nice touch.

These rutabaga latkes are fairly quick to make and they don’t require a ton of ingredients. They’re the perfect snack or side dish in the fall and winter.

What you’ll need to make this recipe

  • Rutabaga: Also known as Swede, or Swedish turnip, these are the big yellow ones.
  • Onion: A bit of onion flavour is so nice inside these tender patties, and it is a traditional flavour for latkes.
  • Parmesan cheese: The parmesan helps to bind the rutabaga mixture together, as well as adding some salty nutty flavour.
  • Potato starch: More binding, as rutabagas are pretty juicy and give off a lot of moisture.
  • Salt: As per usual
  • Olive oil: Or any oil you want to fry your latkes in.
That time I made a giant one (and may or may not have eaten the whole thing).

How to make Rutabaga Latkes

Follow these easy steps to make these crispy delightful morsels:

  1. Grate the rutabaga on the coarse side of a box grater. Then grate the onion, transfer the grated veg onto a tea towel and squeeze well. Discard the liquid and transfer the veggies to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the salt, parmesan cheese, and potato starch to the grated vegetables and toss the mixture together with your fingertips to combine. The mixture should be quite dry and fluffy.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Pack the mixture into patties and add to the pan. I like to use a portion scoop for this, and I pack the mixture quite firmly into the scoop before shaping them into patties. The mixture will make 8-10 golf ball-sized patties. You can also make them larger if you prefer.
  4. Fry the patties for 6-7 minutes on the first side, then flip and fry for an additional 4-5 minutes on the other side. Keep an eye on them as they get pretty dark quite quickly.
  5. Serve with sour cream or whatever you would normally serve with latkes.
Just about ready to flip

Success Tips

These tips will help you make the best rutabaga latkes:

  • Always choose rutabagas that are heavy and firm. This will tell you that it is fresh and juicy.
  • Make sure to squeeze the juice out until the grated mixture is quite dry.
  • Use a heavy-bottomed nonstick or well-seasoned cast iron to ensure your latkes become evenly golden brown.
  • Feel free to spice these up with chilli flakes or add fresh dill for a herby burst of flavour.
  • If you are making these in batches, keep the finished latkes in a warm oven on a rack set over a baking sheet.

What goes well with Rutabaga Latkes?

These rutabaga latkes are about as versatile as potato latkes. They are great with eggs for breakfast or as a snack or side dish. I also think they would be lovely with smoked salmon and dill.  

These rutabaga latkes develop such a nice golden crust

Storage, Freezing, and Reheating Tips

These rutabaga latkes can easily be made in advance and kept in the fridge for several days, or stacked between layers of wax paper or parchment paper in the freezer for months. To reheat, place them on a baking sheet in a 375 degree oven until they are warmed through and slightly crispy, about 15 minutes.

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rutabaga latkes with parmesan cheese on a plate

Rutabaga Latkes

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

These rutabaga latkes are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Top with sour cream for a great snack or side dish.

Ingredients

  • 350 grams rutabaga
  • 100 grams onion
  • 15 grams parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch
  • Olive oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Grate the rutabaga on the coarse side of a box grater. Then grate the onion, transfer the grated veg onto a tea towel and squeeze well. Discard the liquid and transfer the grated vegetables to a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the salt, parmesan cheese, and potato starch to the grated vegetables and toss the mixture together with your fingertips to combine. The mixture should be quite dry and fluffy.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Pack the mixture into patties and add to the pan. I like to use a portion scoop for this, and I pack the mixture quite firmly into the scoop before shaping them into patties. The mixture will make 8-10 golf ball-sized patties. You can also make them larger if you prefer.
  4. Fry the patties for 6-7 minutes on the first side, then flip and fry for an additional 4-5 minutes on the other side. Keep an eye on them as they get pretty dark quite quickly.
  5. Serve with sour cream or whatever you would normally serve with latkes.

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