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.

Harvest salad with roasted acorn squash

harvest salad with roasted acorn squash

As the leaves are now definitely falling off the trees, it's about time that I embrace that it is officially Autumn. Hey, that's ok because Autumn has one of my favorite holidays...Thanksgiving!

For Americans Thanksgiving is a practically sacred holiday. Traditions are as much part of the day as the turkey + stuffing is. For my family we always watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade + National Dog Show together while sneaking bites of the feast my mom prepares every year. We dive into dinner with our extended family at a large table, digging into roasted turkey, sweet potatoes, roasted vegetables--basically the works. The meal is finished up with pumpkin pie + pecan pie. A slice of each because January is for diets.

While food is the main event of Thanksgiving, I always feel like salad gets shafted. It's clear to see why salad does not seem as extravagant in comparison, but I swear this harvest salad is the game changer.

This salad shines when on a large platter with the roasted acorn squash parading around the serving dish. Peppery arugula works well against the sweet flavor of the dressing. Speaking of the dressing, it serves two purposes--as a dressing, but also as a marinade for the acorn squash while it roasts. The dressing is sweet (due to the maple syrup!), but that sweetness is cut by apple cider vinegar + dijon mustard. Tangy goat cheese + crisp pear finish the whole thing off. And damn, it looks pretty once assembled.

Do you mind if I interrupt my listing of ingredients to chat about something really cool?

To celebrate the Thanksgiving, Meghan from Cake ‘n Knife and Susannah from Feast + West are hosting Blogsgiving Dinner. There are more than 60 blogs sharing recipes this week!

These lovely ladies are organizing an online potluck dinner party of sorts. Each blogger participating will be sharing a recipe for this virtual Thanksgiving meal. This is a great opportunity to find a few new recipes to add to your traditional Thanksgiving recipes. Hope you're hungry!

I'll be posting to social media with the hashtag #blogsgivingdinner alongside the other bloggers participating, but you can see all the whole menu in Part 1 and Part 2 of the recipe round-up.

Harvest salad with roasted acorn squash
Harvest salad with roasted acorn squash

Harvest salad with roasted acorn squash

  • 6 cups of arugula

  • 2 pears, thinly sliced

  • 2 oz. goat cheese

  • 1 acorn squash

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Maple balsamic dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Prepare the acorn squash by cutting it in half. Remove the seeds + cut each half into four even slices. Place in a shallow baking dish. Set aside.

  3. Whisk the dressing together, combing the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar + dijon mustard. Add salt + pepper to taste.

  4. Pour 1/4 cup of the dressing on top of the acorn squash. Add the cinnamon + toss to coat the squash in the mixture. Reserve the rest of the dressing for assembling the salad.

  5. Roast the squash in the oven for 20 minutes on one side. Remove the squash from the oven + flip each slice. Roast for another 20 minutes until golden brown + tender.

  6. Assemble the salad right before serving. Combine the arugula + pear with desired amount of reserved dressing. Top with crumbled goat cheese. Serve each portion of salad with a slice of acorn squash.