Sweet potato cakes with green onions

sweet potato cakes

So I know we're all freaking out over pumpkin (+ pumpkin spice, ughhh), but can we give my favorite fall vegetable some love? The sweet potato! I think sweet potato might have been my first favorite food + I continue to love it weather smashed, fried or roasted. Today let's focus on the fried variety.

A straightforward potato pancake is a staple during fall celebrations like Hanukah. Every year my Grandma prepare the potato pancakes (aka latkes!) for the entire family. They're savory + perfectly crisp. Eaten with sour cream + apple sauce, they're my definition of comfort food.

For this Fall I wanted to try something different, a sweet potato version. This recipe is straightforward, but I included green onions for their sweet onion flavor.

Now you might be thinking, Emily...what is up with the carrots on your pancakes?! You can enjoy this pancake recipe as is, but I love it with some extras. You can thinly slice carrots using a vegetable peeler as a crunchy, refreshing topping. Or serve the pancakes with some spicy baked chickpeas. ORR if you are like me, you will do both of those toppings plus add fresh basil!

However you top 'em, these sweet potato pancakes will feel at home on your holiday table whether with Thanksgiving turkey or nudging out Hanukah favorites. Let the feasts begin!

Sweet potato pancakes with green onions (makes ~14 pancakes)

  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced with roots removed
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil, for frying
  1. First peel and roughly chop three medium sized sweet potatoes. In a food processor, fully process half of the sweet potatoes until they are finely chopped. Using a shredding attachment, shred up the rest of the sweet potato. You can also use a hand-grater is you want!
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sweet potato with the green onions, eggs, flour and salt and pepper, to taste. Make sure the mixture sticks together when you form small patties. If not, you may want to add more flour.
  3. Heat a large skillet with oil on medium heat. You want the oil to coat the bottom of the skillet.
  4. Mold the sweet potato mixture into patties and fry in the oil in batches.
  5. Let each pancake drain on paper towel + enjoy.