Sweet Potato Latkes

December 7, 2015 | Posted in Holiday, Recipes

With tonight being the first night of Hanukkah, we thought we’d whip up some latkes (potato pancakes) to celebrate. Whether you observe the eight night festival of lights or are just looking for a classic winter dish, this recipe is definitely one to try. We’ve even added a little twist to these tasty treats by using sweet potatoes, but you can always use the classic Yukon gold.

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato Latkes

1 sweet potato, grated

2 shallots, grated

1/3 cup flour

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped

1-1/2 teaspoon salt

¾ cup vegetable oil

Sour cream (optional)

Apple sauce (optional)


To kick off this festive feast, preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Then, take your large potato and get to grating! This step also requires quite a bit of elbow grease 😉


After your potato is shredded, grate the shallots and add them to the bowl of potato. At this point, it’s important to wrap the mixture in paper towels or cheesecloth and squeeze out extra moisture. Add the flour, eggs, salt, pepper, and chives to the mixture and stir to combine. 


Next heat oil in a deep skillet over medium heat until a drop of water sizzles in the pan, then reduce the heat to medium low. Now, add spoonfuls of the latke mixture into the skillet, leaving enough room for them to spread out. Pat the potatoey globs into a pancake shape and heat until golden brown on each side.


Put the finished latkes on a baking pan and pop into the oven to keep warm. Repeat until all of the batter is gone, then pat pancakes with a paper towel to get rid of the excess oil. We advise devouring these delights fresh out of the oven, and adding your choice of sour cream or applesauce for the best flavor. Now, dig in and have a happy Hanukkah! L’chaim!


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