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 says:

    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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