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.
Before I give you the recipe I wanted to tell you about a project that Shannon over at A Periodic Table is doing. She gathered a group of bloggers and is asking them questions related to their blogs and how they got started. Great tips and info for anyone considering starting a blog and fun even if you already have one. I'm there, along with many other fun folks that I can't wait to check out. But that will have to wait until Tuesday! I'm off to the race!
And sorry about the last post. I think I had so much to say and got a bit carried away. It was a bit lengthy, I've got to admit. I could really use a photographer and an editor for this blog!
So, I'm just curious, what is your favorite way to prepare sweet potatoes?
Sweet Potato Latkes
Enough for 4-6 (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!)
Time to Prepare: About 30 minutes
Ingredients: 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
2-4 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
Directions: 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.
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!
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