Sizzling Low-FODMAP Potato Pancakes/Latkes; Gluten-free, Dairy-free

These low-FODMAP potato pancakes/latkes/latkas are a (delicious) traditional meal for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah/Chanukah.  Why?  Well it goes something like this…

The story of Hanukkah is one of the triumph of the Maccabees of Judea in approximately 165 BC.  The Jewish Temple was saved, and the menorah (candelabra) burned for 8 days although there was only enough oil to last one day’s lighting.  This ‘miracle’ is commemorated by lighting candles over 8 nights, and consuming foods that are cooked in oil.  Thus, fried potato pancakes (aka latke/latka) are essential to truly observe the festive occasion!

I have been eating potato pancakes since I was a wee child, and I prefer my low-FODMAP latke/latka recipe with shredded potatoes, crispy edges and a bit of flour.  Since I am not going to use applesauce (high-FODMAP!), I fancied up my low-FODMAP sour cream to accompany these and created a low-FODMAP lemon dill sour cream sauce.

So easy, delicious and gluten-free!  Anyone can enjoy these low-FODMAP potato pancakes, they are a great side dish for dinner or an awesome brunch.  On Hanukkah, or all year round!

Be healthy and happy,

Rachel Pauls, MD


Low-FODMAP Potato Pancakes/Latkes; Gluten-free, Dairy-free

Although this recipe has not been tested, a single serving should be low FODMAP based on the ingredients.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Serves 4-6 or more for smaller sized pancakes

Ingredients

  • 20 ounces shredded potatoes (Yukon Gold or Russet variety)
    • can also ‘cheat’ using Simply Potatoes ready made shredded potatoes
  • 1/4 cup Gluten-free Bisquick
    • if not available make homemade version
      • combine 1/4 cup gluten free flour with 1/4 tsp xanthan gum, 1/8 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup low-FODMAP milk (such as almond, lactose free)
    • for dairy-free low-FODMAP potato pancakes use almond milk or other low-FODMAP vegan milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • Your favorite oil for frying (I used canola)
  • Serve with low-FODMAP Lemon Dill Sour Cream Sauce or lactose-free sour cream or just perfectly plain!

Directions

  • Beat egg and milk together in a large bowl
  • Add Gluten-free Bisquick or your homemade Bisquick mixture and mix
  • Place potatoes in bowl and fold together to combine
  • Add salt and pepper and mix again
  • I like to let this mixture sit for about 5-10 minutes for the potatoes to get coated
  • Heat oil on large skillet, I prefer cast iron since it gets really hot
  • Fry in oil on med-high heat until crispy
  • I recommend a spatter cover

  • Add more salt and pepper to taste

These are the best low-FODMAP potato pancakes/low-FODMAP latkes ever!