Thursday, January 20, 2011

Butternut Squash Latkes and Gravlax

By: Coach Crystal Nelson

I tried a very Non-Paleo dish at Austin's own The Steeping Room that was Gravlax and Latkes.  Absolutely delicious!!  I started to think about how I could make this into a healthy version.  This is my plan for this weekend and I thought I would share it with all of you first. 

The Gravlax and Latkes dish at The Steeping Room was Fried Latkes (potatoes basically) topped with a dollop of sour cream which was topped with tea cured salmon and, finally, topped with a berry concoction.  It was truly delightful with a little bit of crunch, saltiness, creaminess, and sweetness.  However, I think this version could be KILLER!

Butternut Squash Latkes Topped with Smoked Salmon and Unsweetened Applesauce

Latkes (From Elana's Pantry)

4 cups butternut squash, peeled and grated
1 small onion, peeled and grated
3 eggs, whisked
grapeseed oil, for frying
  1. In a large bowl make latke batter by mixing together squash, onion and eggs
  2. Use your hands to form batter into 3 inch patties
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil
  4. Fry patties on each side over medium heat until golden brown and crispy
  5. Remove latkes from pan and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain excess oil
  6. Repeat Steps 2-4 until batter is used up
Finish by topping with a small slice of smoked salmon, or if you can find it or make it, tea cured salmon.
Add a small spoonful of unsweetened applesauce.  I think you could also do a berry mixture if you heated up raspberries and blackberries together and served on top.
It is a beautiful and tasty dish!  Sure to impress!

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