Sweet Potato Latkes

BY : PUBLISHED : December 7th, 2020 UPDATED: November 23rd, 2021

This recipe was created by Stephanie Dreyer from Batch Cooking Club! These sweet potato latkes are easy to make and delicious to have for dinner or to snack on.

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This Sweet Potato Latke Recipe Is: 

  • Not your traditional latke recipe.
  • Egg-free
  • Plant-based and vegan.
  • Delicious heated up as leftovers.

If you’re not familiar with the potato-y goodness that is Latkes, then this is for you. It’ll give you a taste of a traditional Jewish celebration, Hanukkah, and the festival of lights. But these delicious sweet potato latkes can be eaten at any time and enjoyed by the whole family,

How To Eat Latkes

The traditional version of latkes uses eggs to bind the grated potatoes, but this plant-based option uses a flax egg to replace them. It’s basically flax meal and water mixed together to create a gelatinous mixture. If you want more vegan egg replacer ideas, here’s a helpful article you might like. Now, it’s often a big debate on how to top these tasty potato pancakes. They can be topped with some vegan sour cream or applesauce.

I know applesauce with potato cakes might sound a bit strange, but the combination goes so well. It is a great recipe to try with the kids, and add some healthy starches into their diet like sweet potatoes and good fats like flaxseeds.

How To Master The Sweet Potato Latkes

If you’ve never tried these before and feel a bit intimidated by the process, or you make these every year around Hanukkah but can’t seem to get them right, then we have some fantastic tips to share with you! Take note on how to become a latke guru:

  • Make sure you grate the potatoes (in this case, sweet potatoes) and onions well. Using a food processor and choosing the grater blade is a great idea. You can still use a box grater, but if you have a food processor, we recommend it.
  • Once shredded, transfer the potatoes and onions into a clean kitchen towel and squeeze the liquid out. Do your best to squeeze out all that liquid (as much you can).
  • Even though it might seem like you have to deep fry these cakes, you don’t have to use too much oil, or the cakes might fall apart. Also, remember to wait until the oil is hot before placing your cakes in the pan.

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Dip The Latke

These Sweet Potato Latke Cakes are pretty delicious on their own, but a good dip takes them to a whole new level of goodness. Apart from the traditional applesauce, you could make a classic onion dip to go with them. Yum!

The Ingredients and Substitutes

  • Flaxseed Meal: 2 tablespoons
  • Water: 3 tablespoons
  • Large Russet Potatoes: 1 ½ pound (about 2 medium), slice into small wedges
  • Sweet Potatoes: ½ pound (about 1 medium), sliced into small wedges
  • Red Onion: 1 medium, sliced into small wedges (you can also use yellow onion if that’s your preference)
  • All-purpose Flour: ½ cup
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Pepper: to taste
  • Canola Oil: for frying

How to Make Sweet Potato Latkes

Combine the flaxseed meal and water in a bowl. Stir well to combine and refrigerate until you’re ready to use it.

Next, use a food processor with a grater blade, process the russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, and red onion. Using a kitchen towel, squeeze out excess liquid from the potatoes and onions. Make sure it’s nice and dry.

Then you will place the onion and potato mixture in a bowl and add the flaxseed meal mixture, flour, salt, and pepper. Mix until it’s thoroughly combined.

Heat a thin layer of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Take about two tablespoons of batter and flatten it with your hands, patting it into a pancake, before gently placing it in the hot oil (make sure the oil is completely heated before adding the latke). Continue doing this for as many latkes that can fit in the pan without crowding. Fry until golden brown on both sides, turning once, about 8 minutes total.

Repeat with the remaining potato mixture, adding more oil as necessary. Place the cooked potato pancakes on paper towels to remove excess oil.

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Vegan Sweet Potato Latke Tips

  • Make sure you get out as much moisture as possible from the potatoes.
  • Try sprinkling some sea salt on top of the latkes once they are done frying.

FAQs

Do latkes freeze well?

Yes, they do! So feel free to whip up a big batch and freeze them to eat when you are in the mood for latkes!

What oil works best for frying latkes?

We recommend canola oil, but you can give other neutral oils a try.

Can I bake sweet potato latkes instead of frying them?

This recipe was written for frying, but you could also bake them. Just keep an eye on them so they don’t burn in the oven.

Can I make vegan latkes ahead of time?

Yes. You can assemble them ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you are ready to enjoy them.

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

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Sweet Potato Latkes

Toni Okamoto
If you’re not familiar with the potato-y goodness that is Latkes, then this is for you. These sweet potato latkes are a must for Hanukkah!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Jewish
Servings 12 latkes
Calories 180 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1 ½ pounds large russet potatoes (2 medium), sliced into small wedges
  • 1/2 pound sweet potatoes (1 medium sweet potato), sliced into small wedges
  • 1 medium red onion sliced into small wedges
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • Canola oil for frying

Instructions
 

  • Combine the flaxseed meal and water in a bowl. Stir well to combine and refrigerate until you’re ready to use it.
  • Using a food processor with a grater blade, and process the russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, and red onion. Using a kitchen towel, squeeze out excess liquid from the potatoes and onions. Make sure it’s nice and dry.
  • Place the onion and potato mixture in a bowl and add the flaxseed meal mixture, flour, salt, and pepper. Mix until it’s thoroughly combined.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat a thin layer of oil. Take about two tablespoons of batter and flatten it with your hands, patting it into a pancake, before gently placing it in the hot oil (make sure the oil is completely heated before adding the latke). Continue doing this for as many latkes that can fit in the pan without crowding. Fry until golden brown on both sides, turning once, about 8 minutes total.
  • Repeat with the remaining potato mixture, adding more oil as necessary. Place the cooked potato pancakes on paper towels to remove excess oil.

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Nutrition

Calories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 5gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 416mgPotassium: 657mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 5364IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 2mg
Keyword hanukkah, holiday recipes, holidays, jewish, latkes, potato cakes, sweet potato, vegan, vegan jewish, vegan latkes, vegetarian
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