sweet potato latkes

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.


  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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 :)


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