Spicy Cauliflower Latkes With Za'atar Aioli

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

These tiny latkes are conveniently bite-size but do they pack a wallop! Flavored with creamy cauliflower and spicy Aleppo pepper {a Syrian seasoning} they should be served with aioli or simply sprinkled with za'atar. Za'atar is a Middle Eastern spice mix that includes sesame seeds, sumac, dried thyme, and dried marjoram. it's available at specialty foods stores and Middle Eastern markets and from adrianascaravan.com. Bon Appetit Magazine, December 2008 edition. Allow mayonnaise to stand for 30 minutes, so flavors can develop. For the Za'atar Spice seasoning - use Mirj's Za'atar - can be stored in air tight container for a couple of months. ;)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. LATKES:.
  2. Cook cauliflower in large pot of boiling salted water until very tender, about 10 minutes; drain and cool.
  3. .
  4. Add garlic and half of cauliflower to processor; blend until smooth.
  5. Add remaining cauliflower, parsley, and dill.
  6. Pulse until cauliflower is chopped and mixture is still slightly chunky.
  7. Transfer to large bowl.
  8. Mix in breadcrumbs or matzo meal, baking powder, salt, Aleppo pepper, and black pepper.
  9. Beat 2 eggs in small bowl; mix into batter.
  10. If batter is dry, beat remaining 1 egg in same bowl to blend and mix into batter by tablespoonfuls until moist but not runny batter forms.
  11. *Can be made 1 day ahead; cover and chill.
  12. Add enough oil to heavy large skillet to coat bottom generously; heat over medium-high heat.
  13. Working in batches, drop 1 tablespoonful batter for each latke into skillet; flatten to 1 1/2-inch round.
  14. Cook until golden, adding oil as needed and adjusting heat if browning quickly, about 2 minutes per side.
  15. Transfer to rimmed baking sheets.
  16. **Can be made 2 hours ahead.
  17. Let stand at room temperature.
  18. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  19. Bake latkes uncovered until heated through, about 10 minutes.
  20. Serve latkes with aioli, if desired, or sprinkle with za'atar and serve.
  22. With machine running, drop garlic through feed tube of processor and chop finely.
  23. Add mayonnaise and lemon juice.
  24. With machine running, drizzle in oil in thin stream, blending until smooth.
  25. Transfer to small bowl.
  26. Whisk in za'atar and season with salt and pepper. Let stand at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to develop.
  27. **** Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before using.
Most Helpful

4 5

I made these today to go with an English meat pie I made for Christmas. I was only cooking for two so I just "eyeballed" all the ingredients and estimated how much to use. They came out terrific and I am sure they are healthier than using potatoes. I didn't have Za'atar spice, so I just used toasted sesame seeds, dried thyme and marjoram for the aioli which was delicious. I think this recipe is supposed to serve 4 to 5, not 45.