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Latkes With Fennel and Avocado Tartare [Vegan]

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This dish breathes newness into the German style of eating latkes with creme fraiche and applesauce. The fresh flavors of fennel, dill, green apple, and horseradish balance the creaminess of avocado and the crispiness of the latkes. The leftover tartare is also the perfect spread for a sandwich or wrap!

Latkes With Fennel and Avocado Tartare [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan




For the Latkes:

  • 3 potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, freshly ground
  • Neutral-tasting vegetable oil, for frying

For the Tartare:

  • Fennel
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • Green apple
  • 1 avocado, halved
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper, freshly ground
  • Prepared horseradish or freshly grated horseradish, to taste
  • Bundle of fresh dill
  • Capers (optional)


To Make the Latkes:

  1. Grate potatoes and onion coarsely. Put grated vegetables to bowl and season with salt. Gather mixture inside kitchen towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Set mixture into a sieve and let it drain. While they drain, make the tartare.
  2. Heat a splash of oil on a skillet. Cover the bottom of a smaller skillet or heavy pot with kitchen foil. Season the potato mixture with black pepper.Test temperature of the skillet with potato strip: if oil starts to sizzle it’s hot enough.
  3. Drop small amounts (about 2 tablespoons) of potato mixture to a pan and press them down with the back of the spoon.
  4. Place the foil-covered skillet on top of the latkes and fry them over medium-high heat for a couple of minutes (until golden brown). Flip latkes and cover them again with the skillet. Continue frying for another couple of minutes.
  5. Line a big plate with a coffee filter or kitchen paper towels. Set latkes on the plate when they are done. Repeat with the rest of the potato mixture. Add more oil between batches when necessary. Serve immediately with fennel and avocado tartare

To Make the Tartare:

  1. Cut fennel half lengthwise. Separate stalks and remove hard stem. Cut both fennel halves to four and slice each part finely. Cut the stalks half and slice them into thin half moons. Cut cucumber and apple to small dices. Half the avocado.
  2. Purée one half of the avocado and lemon juice with an immersion blender (or smash it with a fork). Season avocado mixture with salt, pepper and horseradish. Combine vegetables and avocado dressing. Dice remaining half of the avocado and chop dill finely. Mix avocado and minced dill (and capers) with rest of the salad. Serve with latkes.





Recipes inspired by Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines with the occasional Finnish specialty. Hi, I'm Maikki Vasala, a Finnish foodie and food blogger who writes in English and Finnish. I love green tea, fresh bread, sunny mornings and peonies. I like to cook with colorful, fresh ingredients; in my cooking, I mix and match recipes from around the world. While I often find my inspiration in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines, there's also time for the occasional Finnish specialty. Visit my bilingual blog Maikin Mokomin to find out more!



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22 comments on “Latkes With Fennel and Avocado Tartare [Vegan]”

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Alexa Serpa
9 Months Ago

Madeline Gryll

Madeline Gryll
18 Dec 2017

Ill take 12

Emma Cleyre Dale
9 Months Ago


Isabella Jørgensen
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Talia Bornstein

Lindsey Jeu De Vine
9 Months Ago

Betsy Jeu De Vine xmas dinner??

Betsy Jeu De Vine
16 Dec 2017


Alyssa Ladzinski
9 Months Ago

Max Singing-Iguanna

Amanda Leigh Robinson
9 Months Ago

Danny Gage

Gretta Kwasnicka Todurawai
2 Years Ago

German? I thought Polish.

Carolyn Baker
2 Years Ago

Lovely recipe! I was taught to keep the water that drains from the potatoes, let it sit a bit in a bowl or measuring cup and starch will pool in the bottom. Pour the water off the starch & mix it back into the potatoes to help them stick together a bit better. This way you don't need to use foil on a pan. Either way, yum.

Valentina Hunter
2 Years Ago

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