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Carrot Patties

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Inspired by Potato Pancakes, this Carrot Patty recipe reduces the calories, keeps the fantastic crunchy texture and is a wonderful budget-friendly meal. Serve the patties by themselves or on a bun and choose your favorite topping such as hummus, applesauce, sour cream, salsa or cucumber dill sauce. Use as a main course with a salad or as a side with a brisket, roast chicken or grilled fish. Carrot Patties freeze well. In the morning, put a frozen patty into your lunchbox and by noon, your meal is ready! Recipe is below. 

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Carrot Patties

Yield: 12 patties


1 pound carrots, grated

1/2 cup peeled and grated acorn or butternut squash

1/4 cup onion, grated or minced

1 clove garlic, minced

5 eggs, beaten

Leaves from 2 sprigs thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup breadcrumbs

1 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil or more as needed


  1. In a medium size bowl, mix together carrots, onion, garlic, eggs and thyme.

  2. In a small bowl, mix flour, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper.  Add to carrot mixture.

  3. With your hands, form into 12 patties.

  4. Heat oil in skillet. Add patties so that they do not touch. You will need to fry them in separate batches. Fry until golden on each side. Drain patties on paper towels. Sprinkle each patty with a few grains of kosher salt.

  5. Serve plain or with apple sauce, hummus, sour cream, salsa or cucumber dill sauce. You may serve the patties on a roll with lettuce and tomato and hummus.

Expandthetable suggestions

Kosher for Passover: Use matzah meal In place of breadcrumbs

Gluten free: Use gluten free breadcrumbs

# Vegetarian

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