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 homemade applesauce. Decisions, decisions.
For garnish, I added a bit of chive but you can use any herb you like or omit altogether..
For other Hannukah recipes, be sure to check my Hanukkah 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:
Sweet Potato Latkes - 2 Ways
- 4 cups sweet potato puree I used 3 medium sweet potatoes
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Black pepper by your taste
- Few chive stalks cut into small pieces
- Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into small cubes.
- Place in a big pot and fill with boiling water.
- Cook on high for 20 minutes.
- Transfer the cooked sweet potatoes to a bowl and mash with a fork to a puree.
- Add flour, soy sauce, and salt and pepper to the bowl and mix well.
- If you are baking the latkes then heat the oven to 180°C / 350°F.
- With wet hands, create small balls of the batter and place them on a baking pan or a plate (if you just fry them).
- If you bake then bake for 40 minutes.
- If you fry then be sure to heat oil in a pan and fry each latke for a few minutes on each side.
- Cool at room temperature.
- Sprinkle some chive on the latkes if you want.
- Have a latke and enjoy!