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Happy December! This year seems like it is going by so quickly. I don’t know about you, but I’m still a bit stuck on fall, enjoying apple cider, roasted squash and pomegranates with recipes reminiscent of Thanksgiving. Hanukkah begins on Saturday, and with that I want to share with you my favorite twist on the standard latke (potato pancake)! This recipe is so delicious, with a flavorful substitution of yams instead of white potatoes.

latkes recipe

Sweet Potato Latkes


3 Scallions, sliced
1/3-2/3 cup shredded sweet vidalia onion*
2 garlic cloves
6 cups shredded sweet potato
3 eggs, lightly scrambled
1/3 cup flour*
2 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
Oil for frying
Applesauce and/or sour cream, for serving


In a Cuisinart, shred sweet potato. Once you have shredded all of the sweet potato, run at least half of it through the Cuisinart a second time. Next, shred the onion through the Cuisinart.

shredded potatoes

Add shredded onion, potato and sliced scallions to a bowl. Using a microplane grater, finely grate 3 garlic cloves into the bowl. Add eggs, salt, pepper and flour and mix well to combine.

sweet potato latkes

Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and add oil to coat the bottom. Fry each latke and place on a paper towel.

sweet potato latkes recipe

Enjoy with sour cream and applesauce!

chanukah latkes recipe

Another favorite Hanukkah recipe is my family’s not-so-secret butter cookie! Its not Hanukkah in our house until an obscene amount of these cookies are baked and then devoured as soon as they cool. I posted the recipe last year, you can view it here: Hanukkah Butter Cookies

Happy Hanukkah!

*Depending on how strong you want the flavor to be, you can add more or less onion. Same with the garlic, you can always add an extra clove if you want.


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