I think part of me has always wanted to be Jewish. It started with a mild obsession with Anne Frank as a young girl, morphed into learning a lot about the religion while nannying and planning kosher menus and eventually led me to an interest in kabbalah. Now, exploring a culture or religion through food is my favorite way to learn more about it.

So on the sixth night of Hanukkah, the Taster and I celebrated (kind of) and we happily ate our latkes. And subsequently fell in love with them. I had to convince myself that making them the following night would be a bit much, but with one sweet potato left, I seriously considered it.

The crunchy exterior, the flavorful, mildly sweet interior are the perfect vehicle for a dollop of sour cream or apple sauce – be sure to try both – you might be surprised like I was!

Sweet Potato Latkes - 2 servings (about 10 latkes) inspired by Gourmet

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup green onions, sliced (white part only – reserve green for garnish)
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1/8 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/8 tsp garlic salt
  • salt & pepper
  • 2-3 Tbsp vegetable oil like canola (depends on size of pan, you want a decent layer of oil in the pan)
  • light sour cream
  • applesauce

Peel and shred sweet potatoes. Squeeze shredded potatoes with paper towel to remove excess moisture.

Add granulated garlic, garlic salt, onions, egg and salt & pepper.

Mix to combine ingredients.

Heat oil in pan. Form latkes with about 2 Tbsp of sweet potato mixture and place in oil. Gently flatten with fork. Cook for about 5 minutes until golden brown.

Flip over and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a plate with paper towel.

Serve with sour cream, apple sauce and garnish with green onions.

I have a feeling I’ll be making these again tonight, there’s a potato to eat you know.

14 Comments (Reply )

  1. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Dec 08, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    Yum! I’ve never had sweet potato latkes before. Looks delicious!


  2. lynn @ the actor's diet
    Dec 08, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    so grateful i married a jew – have discovered so many great foods b/c of this!


  3. Tracey
    Dec 08, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    I’ve never in my life made a latke. They are so good and look pretty easy to make so I have no idea why I haven’t tried them. I’ve put it on my (very large) things to make list!


    • Emily
      Dec 08, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

      They were much easier than I expected!


  4. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Dec 08, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

    I looooooove latkes! I like mine with white and sweet potatoes, and some shredded white onion folded in, too. Yum!


  5. erica
    Dec 08, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

    Never heard of that before. Looks great. Will have to try it.


  6. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Dec 08, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

    Nice! I saw a whole article in Cooking Light about latkes and I ALMOST made some similar to this, but I was too lazy to shred potatoes. Sad. These look so tasty!


    • Emily
      Dec 08, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

      That was definitely the worst part – but I did count it as an arm workout ;)


  7. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Dec 08, 2010 @ 8:35 pm

    I love that you use sweet potato! These look fantastic! So wonderfully crisp and sweet. Personally I am a sour cream girl, but I agree, you have to try both!


    • Emily
      Dec 08, 2010 @ 9:53 pm

      I preferred sour cream too, but was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the one with applesauce!


  8. kate
    Dec 09, 2010 @ 6:42 am

    i have been looking for a recipe like this. thanks for sharing! i love roasted sweet potatoes and was looking for new ways to prepare them.


  9. Holly
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

    YES PLEASE! i have been seeing latkes everywhere, and i pretty much j’adore the idea of using sweet potatoes. so much tastier than regular potatoes in my opinion :)


  10. Latoya Bridges
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 1:30 am

    I looooooove latkes! I like mine with white and sweet potatoes, and some shredded white onion folded in, too. Yum!


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