Latkes are as much a tradition during Hanukkah as the lighting of the candles. We can't get enough of latkes — anytime of year! What's not to love about this crisp fried potato pancake served with applesauce or sour cream?
Potatoes are such a delicious comfort food, and sweet potatoes are no exception. So we switched up the traditional potato latkes by using the orange version — a sweet twist that is delish at Hanukkah, or any time of year.
Sweet potato latkes
Makes about two dozen pancakes
- 5 large sweet potatoes washed and shredded and squeezed dry*
- 1 scallion chopped (white and light green part only- reserve dark greens for garnish)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 2 Tablespoons matzoh meal
- 2 eggs
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Applesauce and sour cream for dipping (optional)
*You can skip all of the shredding and buy pre-shredded potatoes. Just thaw if frozen and squeeze dry.
- Add sweet potatoes, scallions, seasonings, and matzoh meal in a large bowl.
- Beat eggs and then add to your sweet potato mixture and mix well.
- Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, gently drop potato mixture in heated oil and flatten (we used a large ice-cream scoop).
- Cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side.
- Place on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
- Top with green scallions, sprinkle with more cinnamon and serve with applesauce or sour cream or honey for dipping.
Serve hot or at room temperature - heck, we even like the leftovers cold right out of the fridge — that is, if you have any leftovers, of course!
Enjoy, and Happy Hanukkah!
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