A Hanukkah Recipe for Sweet Potato and Ginger Latkes

Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 20th. To celebrate the festival of lights, we created a recipe for latkes, a traditional Hanukkah potato pancake side dish cooked in oil. Latkes are a definite Hanukkah favorite, and they are typically made with white potatoes, onion, salt, pepper, and eggs … and then cooked in oil. For our recipe, we took a twist on the traditional by using sweet potatoes, and we kept the amount of oil in check by using just two and a half tablespoons for the entire recipe. No worries: Our latkes are still crisp and crunchy.

The ginger adds a fresh flavor to this simple yet satisfying side dish, and the sweet potatoes bring a big burst of immune-boosting vitamin A to the table.

Sweet Potato and Ginger Latkes

Makes 5 Servings

  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • One 1-pound sweet potato, peeled and shredded (4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/8 cup minced onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2½ tablespoons canola oil, divided

1. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, sweet potato, whole wheat flour, onion, salt, ginger, and pepper until well combined.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Working in batches of 4, place 1/4 cup loosely packed potato mixture per latke into the skillet and flatten to 4-inch diameter. Cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Repeat with another tablespoon of oil and 4 more latkes, and finish with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil and 2 latkes. Adjust heat as needed.

Note: To keep the latkes warm, we placed a wire cooling rack on a baking sheet, popped it in a 200 degree oven, and then placed the finished latkes on top.

Nutrition Information per Serving (2 latkes):  170 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated, 0.7g omega-3), 210mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 4g protein, 220% vitamin A, 15% vitamin C

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What are some of your favorite holiday food traditions? Are you a white potato latke fan or a sweet potato latke fan? Or, have you made latkes with other interesting ingredients? Do tell…

One Response to “A Hanukkah Recipe for Sweet Potato and Ginger Latkes”

  1. Jen on December 21st, 2011

    I made these last night and they were delicious! I did have to reduce the cooking time to about 2 minutes per side and turn the temperature down lower because they were starting to blacken.

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