Sweet Potato Latkes

In 2013, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlapped for the first time in many years. We called it Thanksgivukkah! As a nod to this amazing confluence, I made these Sweet Potato Latkes to marry the spirit of these two family and feast holidays.

Makes 10-12 Latkes


  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled & grated
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 onion, peeled & grated
  • 1/2 cup matzo meal or all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • sour cream, apple sauce & cinnamon for garnish


  1. Peel sweet potatoes and process with grating blade in food processor or grate by hand with box grater. Set aside.
  2. In large mixing bowl, beats eggs and add grated sweet potato, onion and rest of ingredients. Add more matzo meal or flour if mixture seems too wet.
  3. Form 3-4” patties with your hands.
  4. Heat 2-3 tbsp of oil on medium heat in sauté pan.
  5. Place patties down carefully in hot oil and let cook for 3-4 minutes on one side until you can see a little brown peeking out from underneath.
  6. Carefully flip latkes away from your face and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  7. Remove latkes from pan and place on paper towel lined plate to remove excess oil. Keep warm in oven on lowest setting until all latkes cooked.
  8. Serve with apple sauce and sour cream with a little cinnamon sprinkled on top.


Make ahead tip: You can freeze your latkes after you’ve cooked them. Place them in a single layer on a parchment lined pan and freeze them in a zip-top bag. When ready to reheat, take them directly from freezer and place on cookie sheet in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Turn them over once to prevent burning.


Meryl Turman

These recipes look fabulous and I will do my best to make every single one of them at my
Chanukah Latke Party

Shiloh Elsensohn

Shredding directly into a bowl or a pot (rasps are much handier than box graters for this task). With only a single (medium to small) hole size, they work well for small quantities of hard cheese or other foods, such as baking chocolate and coconut.


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