Sweet Potato Latkes With Apples and Onions

by Sugar on December 21, 2011 · 36 comments

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If you make traditional Potato Pancakes, Latkes for Hanukah give these a try for a twist everyone will love.  These Sweet Potato Latkes or Sweet Potato Pancakes (whatever you prefer to call them) are so good you will want to eat all of them. Don’t just take it from me. Yummly thought so too!

I made them tonight and the kids wouldn’t even let me send any to my mom’s house for her to taste.  My son told me not to even publish the recipe because they are just too good to share.    My husband asked if I could make them every night!   Well, of course not.  Something this good can only come around once a year.

Get out the boxing gloves.   This is a fried Holiday treat that you’ll fight over.  (Makes about 12-14 medium sized pancakes)

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and grated (equals about 4 cups)
  • 1 green apple, peeled cored and grated
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • ½ small onion, grated
  • 1 cup Complete pancake mix
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Sprinkle of black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Sour cream as “garnish”

Directions:

In a bowl, stir together potatoes, green onion, onion, apple, egg, salt, and pepper. Gradually add the pancake mix and stir to combine.

Heat oil in a deep skillet over moderate high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches of 4 or 5, spoon a large spoonful of the mixture into the oil and lightly flatten.

Reduce heat slightly and cook for about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer latkes with spatula to a plate layered with paper towels.

Once they sit for a moment or two and drain, I transfer them to a cookie sheet. If I’m not serving them immediately, I warm them for a few minutes in the oven before I serve them.

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Melissa says:

They were yummy — added a few shakes of cinnamon to give it a little sweetness — mmm mmm!

Sugar says:

So glad you liked them. :)

Lynne says:

Made them today……they turned out great! My 13 year-old son who hates yams actually likes these! I dropped a large ‘meatball’ of mixture in the pan and just flattened it gently with my spatula. I found that way they stuck together much better. Thanks for the recipe!

Sugar says:

Oh I am so glad to hear that. Thanks for the tip on how to fry them too. :)

Nat says:

Sugar, I’m guessing I can use any pancake mix, not only ‘Complete’?
I’m talking to you from the UK so when I’m making your recipes I have to substitute a lot because you use things that we don’t have over here as well as things I’ve never heard of!!

Sugar says:

Nat,

Yes you can use any pancake ix. It will work just as a binding agent. I’m sure you will love it.

Sugar

wildshotsintheair says:

Did you , Demo this recipe on you tube?
Id love too see this in a demo..looks “D”,

Sugar says:

Good idea! I will add this to the list of recipes to do a video for. It’s super yummy!

Kolene says:

Oh, by the way, I used 1 cup of sifted baking mix (Bisquick) for the “complete pancake mix” for these latkes.

Sugar says:

Yep that works great too. Thanks again. ;)

Kolene says:

I didn’t have any sweet potatoes so I made them yesterday with white potatoes. They were delish!!!! My hubby ate so many!!!! This is a keeper, thank you so much for these recipes!! Believe me, I have written a book with some of my recipes that family & friends have requested that I make for them, so I am not new to cooking and baking!!!! Love to read new ideas!

Sugar says:

Kolene,

I am so glad you liked this. My family goes crazy over it too.

Thanks so much for the feedback.

Sugar :)

Audrey says:

We had so many latkes this season and not one of them was sweet potato. I’ll have to try these. I also found a recipe for sour cream latkes which I’m anxious to try.

Sugar says:

Audrey,

I think you will love them. If you try them let me know what you think and do share the sour cream recipe. Yum!

Sugar

Fran says:

What constitutes the “complete pancake mix?” Does one make it at home or purchase it at the supermarket?

Sugar says:

Fran,

“Complete” is the kind of pancake mix you buy in the store that you just add water to. You can find it in the store in the pancake section.

Sugar :)

Fran says:

Thanks for the reply. I’m looking forward to making them for my family–they sound delish!

Debbie says:

Sugar these latkes are picture perfect! I love potato pancakes, but have never tried them with sweet potatoes. I can’t wait to try this healthier version, thanks!

Sugar says:

Thanks for the feedback Debbie. I saw the coconut macaroon on your page and wow do they look amazing. If you try the pancakes let me know what you think. Have a great holiday. :)

Debbie says:

Sugar I absolutely will let you know when I make them!

Also, I posted an award for you over on my blog :-)

Sugar says:

How cool. I will have to go check it out. :)

Sugar says:

Debbie, You are so sweet. I will have to return the favor and do a blog entry like that. Your site is so lovely.

ilana says:

best latkes i ever made!!! instead of 1/2 a regular onion i used 1/2 a red onion… all the colours together look amazing and they are deeeeeelicious! thank you so much! i am SO going to be the hit of the chanukah party tonight ;-) happy chanukah!

Sugar says:

ilana,
I’m so glad you liked them. Thank you for writing me back. Please do me a favor, if you have a Facebook page you can go to this link below and if you scroll down the wall you will see my post for my latke recipe. If you “like” mine it will help me win a contest they are having. You need to first “Like” the NMAJH page and then you can like my recipe post. It’s posted under my name Arlene Cummings about half way down the wall. Be sure to tell all your friends about my page. I hope to spread the love I cook up in my kitchen to everyone else. Happy Chanukah :) http://www.facebook.com/NMAJH

ilana says:

I was just wondering whether it’s possible to replace the pancake mix in the recipe… Looking for a non-dairy alternative. These look AWESOME! Can’t wait to make them.

Sugar says:

ilana, You can use some flour instead. I used to make them with Bisquick but them one day I was out so all I had was pancake mix and it worked so well I use that instead. Try the Bisquick and it should be fine.

These are beautiful! I’ve been wanting to make some latkes (never made them before) and I love this twist! I’m glad you shared the recipe and didn’t listen to your kids! :)

Sugar says:

Emily, Thanks for the feedback. Give them a try and let me know what you think. If you have a food processor it makes things so much easier. Enjoy! :)

April says:

Really, really good – love the contrast of the onion flavors with the sweet apple and sweet potato. I added some garlic, too. I definitely should have used a food processor for the shredding lol

Cheers!

Sugar says:

April,

Yum! I’m sure the garlic was a nice touch. I have made them before with cayenne pepper too. Food processor makes it so much easier but not everyone has one so I like to show the old fashioned way. LOL!!

Lindsay says:

I love latkes and I love sweet potatoes! These sound great, and thanks for the step-by-step tutorial!

Sugar says:

Lindsay,

I think you will love them. Give them a try and let me know what you think.

colleen says:

I used to work for a caterer years ago that made sweet potato latkes they were one of my favorite things they made. :O) I can’t wait to try these

Sugar says:

Colleen, I think you will love them. My kids don’t really like sweet potatoes and they go crazy over these. Let me know how they turn out. Enjoy!