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Fried Sweet Potato Latkes Recipe

Fried sweet potato latkes are a wonderful side dish for Hannukah or any time of year. With shredded sweet potatoes instead of russets like we use to make air fryer latkes, they’re crispy and delicious with every bite.

Sweet Potato Latkes

Latke sweet potato style is a fun tweak on an Old Fashioned favorite dish. With just a few ingredients fried in oil it often brings back family memories of holidays and traditions. Try this modern day version and mix it up this year. (affiliate links present)

Sweet Potato Latke

A latke, pronounced “LAHT-kuh,” is a popular Jewish dish, particularly during Hanukkah. Though they are often enjoyed year round by many. A latke is a type of fried potato pancake made from grated or shredded potatoes, onions, eggs, and flour or matzo meal. It’s typically seasoned with salt and pepper and fried until it becomes crispy and golden brown.

Your Latkes recipe should always yield a crispy exterior and a soft, tender interior. They are often served hot, sometimes with our easy Matzo Ball Recipe and accompanied by various toppings or accompaniments, depending on personal preferences and cultural variations. We will go over a few options below.

How to Make Latkes

Latkes with Sweet Potatoes

These delicious bites have a long history. Particularly associated with Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights but that isn’t the only time they can be enjoyed. According to tradition, these are fried in oil to symbolize the miracle of the menorah in the temple in Jerusalem. According to the story, the oil in the menorah miraculously lasted for eight days, even though there was only enough oil for one day.

While the traditional latke is made from potatoes, like our Homemade Potato Cake Recipe but crispier, modern variations may include other vegetables like sweet potatoes, zucchini, or even shredded carrots. Some recipes also cater to dietary restrictions, offering gluten-free or vegan versions.

  • 2 large sweet potatoes peeled and shredded, about 1.5 pounds
  • 1 onion yellow
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • cheesecloth to absorb the excess moisture, or drain on paper towels and press to eliminate as much as possible
  • large bowl
  • I like using a cast iron pan for frying
  • Cheese grater for grating the potatoes or use food processor

We in fact are not Jewish but since I grew up with a best friend who was I acquired a taste for them and thus make them for my own children. A delicious and comforting dish we savor each bite at any time of the year really. I have taught my daughters this and How to Make Challah too which they love.

Fried Latkes

Fried Latkes

When you are cooking in oil you do want to make SURE to get as much water out as possible or it will splatter. So first, grate the peeled sweet potatoes and onion using the coarse side of a box grater or a food processor fitted with a grating attachment.

Place the grated sweet potatoes and onions in a clean kitchen towel, a few paper towels or cheesecloth. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the squeezed sweet potato and onion mixture, beaten eggs, flour, kosher salt, and black pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • In a large, heavy skillet, heat about 1/4 inch oil, vegetable or olive oil, over medium high heat until it shimmers. You can also use a deep fryer if you prefer. Using a spoon or your hands, shape the sweet potato mixture into 2-3 inch patties, squeezing out any excess liquid.
  • Carefully place the patties into the hot oil, being cautious not to overcrowd the pan. You may need to work in batches. Fry for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown and crispy. Use a slotted spatula to flip them.
  • Remove from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.

Serve immediately while they are hot and crispy for the best overall texture with Chicken Matzo Ball Soup. Leftovers can be saved once at room temperature, in the fridge but will need to be crisped again in oil or air fryer.

Latkes with Sweet Potatoes

How to Make Latkes

We have hopefully answered this question above and in the recipe card below. There are many variations for this and our Apple Kugel as you know. The seasonings below can be included or changed of course, and what to serve when done as well. Ideas on what to serve with latkes options are;

  1. A sweet and tangy applesauce is a traditional topping for latkes. The contrast between the crispy, savory latke and the sweet applesauce is a classic combination.
  2. Another common topping is sour cream, which adds a creamy and tangy element to the dish.
  3. For an elegant twist, some people enjoy serving latkes with smoked salmon and a dollop of sour cream or crème fraîche.
  4. In more upscale settings, latkes can be topped with caviar for a luxurious treat.
  5. Chopped fresh chives or green onions add a burst of freshness and color to the dish.
  6. Some variations include cheese in the mixture, creating a cheesy potato pancake.

You can customize yours by adding other seasonings or ingredients, such as garlic, herbs, or spices, to enhance their flavor. If you are making these with kids we do have some Free Hanukkah Coloring Pages they will enjoy too. There is a printable step by step recipe card below for you below.

Sweet Potato Latke

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Sweet Potato Latkes

Fried sweet potato latkes are a wonderful side dish for Hannukah or any time of year. With shredded sweet potatoes they're crispy and delish.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword fried, latkes, sweet potato
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 73kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Grate the peeled sweet potatoes and onion using the coarse side of a box grater or a food processor fitted with a grating attachment. Place the grated sweet potatoes and onions in a clean kitchen towel, a few paper towels or cheesecloth. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the squeezed sweet potato and onion mixture, beaten eggs, flour, kosher salt, and black pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet, heat about 1/4 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat until it shimmers. You can also use a deep fryer if you prefer. Using a spoon or your hands, shape the sweet potato mixture into 2-3 inch patties, squeezing out any excess liquid.
  • Carefully place the patties into the hot oil, being cautious not to overcrowd the pan. You may need to work in batches. Fry the latkes for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown and crispy. Use a slotted spatula to flip them.
  • Remove the latkes from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil. Serve the sweet potato latkes immediately while they are hot and crispy. If desired, serve with applesauce or sour cream on the side.

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Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Latkes
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 73 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0.2g1%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.3g
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 236mg10%
Potassium 218mg6%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 8080IU162%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Holley

Tuesday 5th of December 2023

I've had latkes but never sweet potato latkes......these are amazing!! Definitely my new favorite!

Carrie Robinson

Tuesday 5th of December 2023

Mannnnn... these were delicious! And I love that you used sweet potatoes in these instead of the usual Russett potatoes. :)

Anjali

Tuesday 5th of December 2023

Love this twist on regular potato latkes! I made this for brunch on Sunday and it was a hit with my whole family!

Colleen

Tuesday 5th of December 2023

What a great idea to make latkes with sweet potatoes. They look perfectly crispy and delicious. I'm definitely going to make this recipe.

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