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It’s December! We have survived 2020 and that’s reason enough to celebrate, especially with Hannukah right around the corner. To welcome Hannukah, you need to start working on your latkes and must find the best ones to serve your family during the 8 days. This is why I am sharing this recipe (and more options from previous years).
These sweet potato latkes are made with cooked sweet potato that you mash to a puree. Instead of just grating raw sweet potatoes like in most latkes recipes, this time you make a puree. It makes the latkes more of a patty or a fritter. And they taste delicious! Soft inside with a bit of a sweet flavor that makes you just want another one.
I mentioned that the recipe can be created in two ways: baked or fried. Now, I tried both and actually loved them both, they’re that good. On Hannukah, I might just bake the whole batch because frying makes a bigger mess and creates a “fried” smell in the whole house. On the other hand, if you don’t fry the latkes they are oil-free which kind of misses the point of Hanukkah and the oil miracle symbol. It's up to you to choose how to make the latkes and as I tested both ways, they both do work out well and taste so good, and that's what most important, right?
The recipe is very simple and only requires 5 ingredients. Two of which are salt and pepper so it is a very simple recipe. The ingredients include sweet potatoes, all-purpose flour, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. The process of making the latkes is to first make the sweet potato puree by cooking the sweet potatoes in water and then mashing it with a fork. Then you mix it with the rest of the ingredients and shape into latkes. From there it depends if you want to bake or fry the latkes and that's it. And the final, most important decision - do you want your latkes with sour cream or applesauce?
The latkes are a bit sweet because of the sweet potatoes so they go well with a savory dip like sour cream but, they can also be sweeter with applesauce. Decisions, decisions.
For garnish, I added a bit of chive but you can use any herb you like or omit altogether..
For more Hannukah recipes, be sure to check my holiday recipe index.
Recipe yields approximately 20 latkes – I baked 10 and fried the other 10.
Let's start baking or frying these yummy sweet potato latkes: