Celeriac latkes with quick pickled cucumbers

  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes
  • Serves:4 (makes 16)


    ½ celeriac, coarsely grated (ideally in a food processor)
    1 onion, coarsely grated (ideally in a food processor)
    3 tbsp plain flour
    2 eggs, beaten
    1 tsp caraway seeds, crushed
    4 tbsp reduced fat soured cream
    1 tbsp chopped dill, plus extra to serve
    2 tbsp sunflower oil

    1 cucumber, thinly sliced
    4g fine sea salt
    1 tbsp white wine vinegar
    1 tbsp caster sugar 


    1. For the pickle, put the cucumber in a sieve and sprinkle over the salt; drain over the sink or a bowl for at least 20 minutes. Meanwhile, put the celeriac and onion in a clean tea towel, hold over the sink and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Tip into a large bowl. Mix in the flour, eggs and caraway; season and set aside.

    2. To finish the pickle, put the vinegar and sugar in a bowl and stir to dissolve. Press the salted cucumbers between sheets of kitchen paper to remove any excess moisture, then stir into the vinegar mixture; set aside. Mix the soured cream and dill in a small bowl, season and set aside.

    3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Dollop heaped tablespoons of latke mixture into the pan; press down with a fork or fish slice. Fry over a medium heat for a few minutes each side, until golden and crisp (you will need to do this in batches). Set aside on a wire rack until you’ve finished cooking – you may need an extra splash of oil for the last batch. To serve, divide the latkes between 4 plates and add a spoonful each of the dill soured cream and pickled cucumbers. Sprinkle with a little more dill before serving.

    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose & Partners Food, October 2018 issue. Download the Waitrose & Partners Food app for the full issue

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