Sunday, September 2, 2012

Ridiculously Easy Recipe: Luscious Sweet Potato Latkes

All through college (and now as part-time on the weekends), I worked at a NY-style deli that specialized in Jewish delicacies such as chopped liver, knishes, challah and rye bread, nova salmon, matzo ball soup, and of course, potato pancakes. Potato latkes are a delicious marriage of shredded potatoes, onion, parsley, and egg formed into a patty and fried in oil. They are wonderful plain, or with a dollop of sour cream and applesauce. I’ve even had customers smother their potato cakes in maple syrup!

These potato latkes I present to you today are with a slight twist on the old classic: I used sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are, as the name suggests, slightly sweeter than their white counterparts. They are higher in fiber as well. The sweetness in sweet potatoes isn't sugary like you would expect, but a mild, earthy sweetness that is delicious when complimented with cinnamon, brown sugar, or butter. 

Just in time for Rosh Hashanah, these latkes are a perfect starter to a New Year’s Seder, or a simple side dish with grilled meat. I personally enjoy them with runny eggs at breakfast! No matter how you slice it, these sweet potato latkes are divine.

Shauna’s Sweet Potato Latkes (adapted from )
Makes about 20 small latkes

You will need:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and grated (about 2 cups)
  • ½ cup sweet yellow onion, grated
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼-1/2 cup vegetable oil, for frying

  1. Peel and grate the sweet potatoes and onions. Place a cheesecloth or paper towels over the mixture and squeeze out any excess liquid. Let the potatoes sit to release more liquid, then squeeze again.
  2. Place the potatoes, onion, egg, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Form the mixture into small, 2” patties.
  4. Heat the oil and fry 2-3 minutes until brown, then flip and cook another 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Place cooked latkes in a warm oven while you continue to fry until the mixture is done.
  6. Serve with a drizzle of honey, and greek yogurt or sour cream for dipping.


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Shauna E!

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