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Savory Sweet Potato Latkes and Off To The Race

Savory Sweet Potato Latkes are a great change from regular potato latkes. In fact, it’s hard for me to choose which I like better!


It’s a really fast Friday but I wanted to give you a treat before I left. Zoe is running her first marathon in Philly this weekend so we are off to see her run in her neon pink pants. I hope this way we will spot her. I just dropped George and Freddie off at the vets and already miss them-but I’ll be seeing my daughter and soon my son, too!

I love latkes and this year is a big year for Hanukkah! The first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving, which is very unusual. It will take another 70,000 some years for this to happen again. It also happens to be my 32nd wedding anniversary. Agh! Many occasions, and all on a Thursday! We plan to have a fun turkey day and this year we may even get some presents on Thanksgiving Day, too!

I’ll tell you more about Hanukkah in a different post but I’ve got to give you this great recipe for sweet potato latkes. I’ve never made them before because I tend to be a traditionalist. I like regular potato pancakes but this year we decided to make a change because of Thanksgivingkuh! Yeah, that’s what we Jews are calling it. Pretty funny, huh?

In any case, these latkes would be great appetizers for the big day, too. I loved them with my tequila cranberry sauce and you could also top them with sour cream and bacon. Or some fried sage leaves. Use your imagination, but this year no sweet potato casserole for us! We are having sweet potato latkes and I can’t wait.

So, I’m just curious, what is your favorite way to prepare sweet potatoes?

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Savory Sweet Potato Latkes and Off To The Race

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: American



1 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes (I used 2 big ones)

1 medium onion

2 garlic cloves

2 large eggs

1 t salt or to taste

1/4 t ground pepper

24 T flour (I used the lower amount but it depends on how wet your potatoes are)

1 t smoked paprika

About 1/2 c canola oil for frying


Grate sweet potatoes and onion and garlic in food processor fitted with grating disk. Transfer to a large bowl. Drain liquid if there is to much, though sweet potatoes don’t make much.  Beat eggs with salt, pepper and smoked paprika and add to potato mixture. Stir well. Add flour and mix well.

Heat 1/4 c oil in a heavy nonstick skillet. I used a large rounded tablespoon per pancake. I pressed them to compact and get rid of excess moisture and formed them into a mound before placing in the hot oil. You could use a 1/4 c measure if you’d like them bigger. Form about 4-5 more mounds and place in skillet, too. Flatten each with back of spoon, but don’t press to hard. My latkes were about 3 inches in diameter.

Fry over medium heat about 3 minutes. Sweet potatoes will burn easier than regular potatoes due to the higher sugar content. Turn carefully by using two spatulas. Using one spatula, slide it onto the back of the other spatula while turning it upside down. Fry another 2-3 minutes until both sides are golden brown and crisp. Add more oil to the pan as necessary. Drain well on paper towels and also pat the tops dry. Stir potato mixture before making the next batch.


I made these appetizer size but Manservant says he prefers them bigger. And these taste great with the tequila cranberries. Don’t worry about the smoked paprika making these too smoky. It is subtle, but oh so good!

These may be reheated on a cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven about 7 minutes. Watch them carefully so they don’t burn. After they are heated through, they may be kept warm in a 200 degree oven. They should stay nice and crisp. Mine did!


More great dishes for Thanksgivingkuh:
Pumpkin Brown Sugar Muffins
Simple Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
Cranberry Chipotle Wonton Cups
Mushroom Lover’s Pastry
3 Ingredient Artichoke Dip
Smoky Pumpkin Hummus
Dried fruit Salami
Smoked Trout Pate
Waldorf Salad
Hot Brown Sandwich
Traditional Latkes
Parsnip Latkes
My Mother’s Brisket
Shortbread Nut Bars
Frozen Cranberry Salad
Brown Sugar Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze
Green Onion Garlic Chive Corn Bread
Onion Lover’s Twist
Gingerbread Pear Upside Down Skillet Cake

Chickpea Latkes




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Anna and Liz Recipes

Thursday 21st of November 2013

These looks so delicious and a great way to use some sweet potatoes!

Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania

Tuesday 19th of November 2013

These sweet potato latkes need to get into my life ASAP. These look so good!


Tuesday 19th of November 2013

Looks like it was a surprisingly wonderful and deliciou

Abbe Odenwalder

Tuesday 19th of November 2013

I wish I were fit enough to do one, too! I'd love to try the peanut stews! Bucket list, please! These were really good latkes or whatever you want to call them!

Nazneen Hamilton

Tuesday 19th of November 2013

Nice twist in the traditional pancakes! I was craving some on Sunday but feeling a bit under the weather, I had to forget about them. This is a great way to use sweet potatoes. Our Thanksgiving sweet potato dish is always my husbands family's southern casserole. I can never try anything else because that has to be on the table. Oh well, at least it's tasty! Lots of things going on for you on Thursday! It also happens to be my daughters 19th birthday on Thanksgiving :) best of luck to your daughter on her race. I hope she did well.

Abbe Odenwalder

Tuesday 19th of November 2013

Happy Birthday to your daughter! My husband loves those Southern sweet potatoes and he can have them if he makes them! Zoe did great. Thanks, Nazneen!