Tips for the Perfect Sweet Potato Latkes!
First, If you want your latkes to look more like traditional white potato latkes, use Japanese Sweet Potatoes or Hannah Yams that have a tan-colored flesh. They also tend to be a little more dry which works best in latkes. However, any sweet potato will do.
For frying, it is important to get the oil hot enough and also important to keep it evenly hot. I find that a cast-iron skillet works best since cast-iron distributes heat more evenly and creates a crispier texture than other pans. If you’re skeptical, one year, a friend and I had a latke cook off where she used her traditional non-stick pan that she swore was superior. In contrast, I used my cast-iron skillet. By the end of the night, she conceded. Conclusion: Cast-iron made a superior latke. Hence, we fried the remaining latkes in my cast-iron skillet. Try it and see what a difference it makes!
Most important, traditional Hanukkah recipes are cooked in oil or fried. Fortunately, that isn’t a problem for the ALWAYS HUNGRY? program. We’re not afraid of fat! With the addition of a little homemade applesauce (see recipe below) or sour cream, these latkes are sure to please the whole family.
Finally, for the Vegans out there, I find that the egg-free latkes are every bit as good as the traditional ones. Egg allergies or a vegan coming for dinner won’t hold you back this year because now you also have a delicious option for them. Try both and make your own conclusion.
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Sweet Potato Latkes and Applesauce
Sweet Potato Latkes
Extra Thick Applesauce
For the Extra Thick Applesauce
Nutrition (Latkes Only - Per Four Latkes)Fat: 16g Carbohydrates: 15g Protein: 5g Calories: 220
Nutrition (Extra Thick Applesauce - Per 1/4 cup)Fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 6g Protein: 0g Calories: 25
Nutrition (Full Meal)Serve 8 Sweet Potato Latkes topped with 1/4 cup Extra Thick Applesauce, 1/4 cup plain whole-milk Greek Yogurt, and 4 ounces chicken thigh OR equivalent protein of choice (option to shred and arrange over latkes). Fat: 54% Carbohydrates: 23% Protein: 23% Calories: 650