Sweet Potato Latkes

In our house, everything is more fun when it's a holiday. The entire time we were making these Sweet Potato Pancakes, I couldn't help but get excited for Hanukkah. Potato pancakes or latkes as they are also known, 
are most commonly eaten in the fall during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, and it's one of our favorite traditions that we make every year. 

Every holiday season, I try to come up with some new twists on classic holiday treats. Traditionally, latkes are made with your everyday potatoes like russet or yukon. But if you know me, you know about my infinite love for sweet potatoes. This week at the farmer's market, I stumbled across the most incredible and delicious looking sweet potatoes. Instantly it gave me the bright idea of trying them in this recipe. And whoa boy am I glad that I did!

Not only do the sweet potatoes pump up the nutritional value, we couldn't believe how  amazingly delicious these turned out. The natural sweetness from the potato amps this recipe up to an entirely different level. 
Not to mention, the savory flavors from the onion and garlic marry into such a delectable 
treat. My kiddos were digging them in a big and bad way. But I'm not complaining!

For your little ones who are getting into dipping, I added apple sauce 
which no latke should ever go without! Chloe is my sour cream girl and I actually think she could go through an entire tub with these. It's the perfect way to enjoy these latkes as a savory treat. Best of both worlds! 

If you're looking for more recipes to make for or with your family for Hanukkah, check out my Holiday Challah French ToastPoppy Seed Sugar Cookies or Rugelach recipe. Any of these treats are sure to put you in the holiday spirit! What are you making for Hanukkah? 

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Sweet Potato Latkes (seves 4)

Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 10 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potato, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • canola or vegetable oil, for pan searing
  • apple sauce

Preparation

1. Place the first 5 ingredients in a bowl and throughly combine.

2. Place a large saute pan or griddle over medium heat.

3. Heat a thin layer of oil to coat the bottom of a large sauté pan and 2 heaping tablespoons of the sweet potato mixture to the pan. Pat down the mixture with the back of a fork and form into a thin, circular patty (you don’t want them to be thick or they won’t cook through).

4. Cook for 5 minutes on each side or until they begin to turn golden.

5. Place the patties on a paper towel lined plate and repeat with remaining sweet potato mixture.

6. Cool patties and serve.

*Allow to cool, then place in ziploc bag, label and freeze. When ready, pop them into a oven at 300 for 10 minutes or until warmed through or defrost in fridge for 24 hours then heat in a dry pan.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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11 comments

  • Misti

    This recipe is delicious! A new favorite at our house for sure!

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  • MIchelle

    all i have to say is- good,easy, and most important quick! my son loved them, as well as me and the hubby! great recipe...

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  • Lisa

    I struggled with these a little- was looking forward to making something new w/ sweet potatoes but had some problems in the execution... I used my cuisinart shredding attachment to shred the potato and spread it as thin as I could in the pan so it would still stay together but felt like the potato didn't really get cooked in the process & was somewhat crunchy. My 2nd set, I tried covering the pan for part of the cooking time & they did seem more cooked but didn't get as crispy b/c I turned down the heat. 3rd try turned the heat back up & covered but they never really got to what I expected b/c they started to brown too soon. I am not sure what I did wrong, they did actually look like the photo online though :).

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    • Catherine

      This one can be a bit tricky , here are some tips: try grating the potato with a hand grater - the Cuisinart may have shred it too thin. Was the potatoes watery? If so, you would have had to drain the liquid before combining with the other ingredients. Try not to over crowd the pan, by over crowding you produce steam and that will not let it brown. Make sure your heat is on Medium heat and your pan and oil is hot - this produces the browning and crispiness. Do not bring down the heat. Do not cover the pan, it produces steam and no browning. Make sure you are timing it and cooking them for 5 minutes on each side. The key thing is that your oil and pan are hot and you pat down the pancakes to be thin - and time the cooking - I hope these tips help. Let me know if you make them again! :)

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    • Rubel

      Cas, by lemon, what exactly do you mean? A hunk of lemon? A suqirt of lemon juice?Either way, that sounds horribly. I love pancakes, but I don't think I'd touch one with lemon anything on it.

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  • Shauna

    Any suggestion how I can make this gluten free?

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  • tive76

    Wondering if this could be baked.

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  • Deb

    Thank you

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  • Rebecca

    Not sure what my problem was...I just couldn't get these to stay together. When I went to turn the pancakes, they just fell apart. I gave up about halfway through the batch....they just weren't turning out at all.

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  • Roz

    It isn't your fault. Sweet potato latkes don't hold together. I will keep trying.

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  • Joan

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