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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sweet Potato Pancakes (latkes)

You can't have Beef Brisket without potato pancakes right? Well, that's how we like them. But this time, I wanted to try to make them with some sweet potatoes I had before they went bad. So I mixed them together with some russet potatoes and these tasted even better than the original potato pancakes I made several months ago. You do have to let them sit in the egg whites for about 5 minutes before frying so that it helps loosen up the potato. With the regular potatoes, it has more moisture so you have to squeeze out the extra liquid prior to adding the eggs, unlike the sweet potatoes. These were absolutely delicious and were even a little sweet. Some people like to eat these with sour cream or applesauce, but we just like them 'as is' with maybe a little au jus from the brisket. I'd definitely make these again. 

Sweet Potato Pancakes (latkes)
2 Sweet Potatoes, peeled
3 Small Russet Potatoes, peeled
4 Scallions, chopped
1 tbsp. Fresh Rosemary, chopped
3/4 c. Egg Whites (I used the liquid kind)
Kosher Salt, to taste
Fresh Ground Black Pepper, to taste
Canola Oil, for frying

Using a food processor or hand grater, grate the potatoes and put in a large mixing bowl. Fold in the scallions, rosemary, egg whites, salt and pepper until they are all well incorporated. Heat approximately 1" of oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat and slowly drop 1 heaping kitchen soup spoon of the potato mixture and flatten slightly. Fry 2-3 minutes per side until they are lightly browned on both sides. Drain on paper towels or brown paper bags to absorb any excess oil. Makes 12 pancakes. 

Points+=2 pts (without frying)



  1. These look amazing, and I want to make them for Thanksgivukaah this year. Do you have any advice as to how far in advance I can make them? I don't know that I'd be able to fry up latkes and stir gravy at the same time at the last minute. Thanks!

    1. Hi Laura,
      You could probably fry them the day before, refrigerate, then bake them the day of right before you're ready to serve them; however, they probably won't be as crispy as they would be if fried then served immediately. Have a great holiday!


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