A while ago I was at my parents house and they had a ton of sweet potatoes that they didn't know what to do with, so I decided to make sweet potato latkes. Potato latkes are flat cakes from parts of Europe and the Middle East made from shredded potatoes and flavored with onions and spices. I grew up eating them during Hanukkah but they are delicious all year round! I love sweet potato fries, so I figured sweet potato pancakes would be basically the same as regular potato pancakes and would taste like sweet potato fries!
Well, it didn't exactly go as planned. Read on to see how I failed at making sweet potato latkes!
Step 1: Ingredients
Here's what I used because it's what I had in the house and it's what I would have used if I were to be making regular potato latkes.
- three large sweet potatoes
- an onion
- 2 eggs
- some flour
Step 2: Shred It Up!
Shred up the sweet potatoes. You can peel the potatoes before shredding them if you really, really hate potato skin, but I don't mind it.
I chopped up the onion and mixed it in.
Step 3: Beat It Up!
I beat up the eggs separately.
Step 4: Mix It Up!
I added the eggs and some flour to the sweet potatoes and onions and mixed it together with a spatula.
Step 5: Fry It Up! (?)
I scooped some shredded sweet potato mixture into the pan, hopeful to have a delicious sweet potato pancakes in a few minutes. Unfortunately, sweet potatoes don't really work the same way as regular potatoes, it turns out. The potatoes didn't stick together at all, even when I added more eggs and flour, it didn't help. I ended up with sweet potato hash browns, which were still delicious!
I haven't given up on my dream of sweet potato latkes, but for now, I'll enjoy this delicious failure.