Zucchini & Dill Latke Waffles

This Hanukkah, let’s do something different.

Let’s not burn our forearms on splattering oil, creating marks lasting well beyond eight crazy nights.

Let’s not stink up our kitchen, our clothes, our hair, with that always recognizable smell of Hanukkah (for the non-Jews out there, that would be the smell of frying latkes.)

Let’s gorge ourselves on latkes each and every night of Hanukkah, without the guilt or mess that comes with a skillet full of oil.

Let’s cook our latkes in the waffle iron!


This method works surprisingly well, and I’d rank it well above baked latkes or nonstick-skillet-cooked latkes, if you’re trying to trim the fat.

Will I still splurge on the real deal? You bet. For the big family Hanukkah party, at least. But after that, if I want a latke (and who doesn’t?) I’ll be whipping out the waffle iron.

I bet this would work well with any latke recipe, but for this batch I went for something a little lighter and fresher: a zucchini and potato latke flavored with dill. A little dollop of horseradish “sour cream” (silken tofu blended with lemon juice, salt and horseradish) and I’m officially in early celebration mode.

PS: Still seeking gift #8? Why not a waffle iron! You’re welcome in advance.


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Zucchini & Dill Latke Waffles


1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into chunks (about 10oz)
1 large zucchini, cut into chunks (about 10oz)
2 small onions, peeled and cut into chunks
2 large eggs
6 tablespoons (45gm) tapioca starch (for gluten-free) or all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried dill
freshly ground black pepper


Preheat waffle iron.

Grate the potatoes, zucchini and onion using the shredding attachment of a food processor. Transfer to a colander lined with a clean dishtowel.

Gather the edges of the towel and squeeze as much water as you can from the grated vegetables. When you think you're done, squeeze some more!

Transfer the vegetables to a mixing bowl and stir in the egg, starch or flour, and seasonings.

Spray the waffle iron generously with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon the batter onto the waffle iron. Close and cook for 12-15 minutes, until browned and crisp. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts:

Servings Per Recipe: 4
Serving Size: 1 4" waffle
Amount Per Serving
Calories 159.9
Total Fat 2.8 g
Saturated Fat 0.9 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Cholesterol 92.5 mg
Sodium 659.6 mg
Potassium 288.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 28.8 g
Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
Sugars 1.4 g
Protein 5.5 g

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31 Responses to “Zucchini & Dill Latke Waffles”

  1. 1

    Frippy — December 20, 2011 @ 6:42 am Reply

    Looks so good!

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    Nicole, RD — December 20, 2011 @ 12:41 pm Reply

    There are so many creative uses for a waffle iron, I need to explore them! These latkes look and sound amazing. I am craving a plate that looks like that! It was 7am this morning and I had to "quality control taste test" the English Toffee I made last night. Oh, yum. But that is so not what my body needs! Or, wants…really. I am craving the fruits and veggies and hubby just took to work the last of the fresh pineapple. GRR!! 🙂

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    Kate — December 20, 2011 @ 1:34 pm Reply

    I dunno Cara, I don't think I can make it through a Channukah without regular latkes.  But these could definitely be an addition!

  4. 4

    Carol — December 20, 2011 @ 2:24 pm Reply

    Wow – now that is creative! Love it!

  5. 5

    Maggie — December 20, 2011 @ 2:55 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness, you are so smart 🙂  I love this idea, now I just need Santa to bring me a waffle maker 🙂

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    Lauren — December 20, 2011 @ 3:04 pm Reply

    LOVE this idea! I don't use my waffle iron often enough… these latke waffles are the perfect way to remedy that ;). 

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    Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian — December 20, 2011 @ 3:06 pm Reply

    These look delicious!  My friend just got a waffle maker and she told me I just need to get one.  She uses it for all sorts of yummy creations.  Your photos are so nice! I found you on Healthy Aperture! 🙂

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    Flavors of the Sun — December 20, 2011 @ 4:15 pm Reply

    These look wonderful–creative and delicious. I just made zucchini fritters with similar ingredients, and these look soooooo much better. Thanks!

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    Eleanor — December 20, 2011 @ 4:17 pm Reply

    I love the idea of shaking up the latke scene with a waffle iron. Nice!

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    Kim-Cook It Allergy Free — December 20, 2011 @ 4:36 pm Reply

    oh my goodness! Cara, you are brilliant! This is such a great idea and i actually think it is way easier than doing them in the skillet with all of that oil! I think we will make these tonight to celebrate and honor all of our Jewish friends!! 😉

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    Julie @BananasforBourbon — December 20, 2011 @ 5:58 pm Reply

    Oh sweet goodness, Cara!  You are a flipping genius! Only I don't own a waffle iron! I never bought one because as much as I love waffles…well, I love waffles! Can't eat what I shouldn't if I don't have the means to make it, right? But I seriously want to buy a waffle iron now, just so I can make these. They look delectable and not at all bad for me! 😀

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    Lee — December 20, 2011 @ 8:46 pm Reply

    This is genius!  If only I had a waffle iron.

  13. 13

    Joanne — December 21, 2011 @ 1:17 am Reply

    So..,.coincidence. I was just talking to my roommate's boyfriend, who is Jewish, and he DOESN'T. LIKE. LATKES.  What is wrong with him?!?!?I think I need to eat his share. In waffle form.  Obviously.

  14. 14

    Cara — December 21, 2011 @ 1:20 am Reply

    Omg! Today is the first day in my life I've heard of people not liking latkes. First a fb friend and now this guy. What is wrong with people? On Dec 20, 2011 8:17 PM, "Disqus" <>

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    Lexie @ Lexie's Kitchen — December 21, 2011 @ 1:50 am Reply

    Cara … these look fantastic! I am so sugared our and the holidays have just begun. I look at this and crave it!!!

  16. 16

    Lexie — December 21, 2011 @ 1:51 am Reply

    We have the same counter tops! : ) Tee hee! And I have that plate, too. LOL

  17. 17

    emily (a nutritionist eats) — December 21, 2011 @ 2:34 am Reply

    These sound SO good! Love the switch-ups! 

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    Emily — December 21, 2011 @ 2:34 am Reply

    You're so smart!  What a good idea!  Happy Hanukkah!

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) — December 21, 2011 @ 2:57 am Reply

    Love this! So creative!!

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    Megan — December 21, 2011 @ 3:29 am Reply

    That is an awesome idea! Would you believe our now 3-years-old Christmas tradition is making latkes for Christmas breakfast? I don't know why I first decided to make them for Christmas but since then my family will not let a Christmas morning go by without them.

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    Kerstin — December 21, 2011 @ 4:10 am Reply

    What a cool idea!  Makes me what to buy a waffle iron for sure 🙂

  22. 22

    Emily @ A Cambridge Story — December 21, 2011 @ 4:16 pm Reply

    So fun!! I now realize how much I need a waffle maker – endless possibilities!

  23. 23

    Ranjani — December 21, 2011 @ 4:45 pm Reply

    I have never really felt a need for a waffle iron before, but now I kind of want one…also, the salad on that plate looks amazing

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    Roxana GreenGirl — December 24, 2011 @ 1:53 pm Reply

    What a genius idea. I'm so scared of deep frying. These latke waffles look great! Happy holidays Cara!

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    Marla — December 25, 2011 @ 5:16 am Reply

    These are so creative! Go you with latkes in the waffle iron. I hope your holidays are filled with fun! xo

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    Alyssa — February 8, 2012 @ 9:02 pm Reply

    I am so excited to have found your blog. Your recipes are absolutely amazing. Super creative and your photos are gorgeous. These sound delicious and I can’t wait to make them. Thanks for sharing!

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      Cara — February 8, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

      aww, thanks, you are too sweet!

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    Vivi — December 4, 2012 @ 9:54 pm Reply

    I can’t seem to pin this, pics won’t work but I so wanna try this with my sandwich maker [ which works like a waffle iron almost ]

    • 27.1

      Cara — December 5, 2012 @ 8:12 am

      Hi Vivi,
      You should be able to pin it now. This is an older post I did last year, and at the time I was hosting my photos on Flickr. I just realized now that I had to enable a setting in flickr to be able to let others pin the image. It’s all set now. Sorry for the inconvenience. Enjoy!

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