Are you tired of the same old thing? Bored with regular latkes? Well, then hop on over to the sweet potato aisle of the supermarket and jazz things up a bit. I have made some absolutely delicious latkes made with not plain old russet potatoes but beautiful orange-y sweet potatoes. My world will never be the same.
Now, with latkes, I never know how many potatoes equal 1 pound, so the ratio tends to get messy. But latkes are fried potatoes that you put sour cream on! They're going to taste good. Don't stress.
Sweet Potato Latkes
1 pound sweet potatoes (I used many many more than this)
1 onion - at least (if you like more onions, add more. If you like less, add less)
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
vegetable oil (or canola if you want to be heart healthy) for frying.
Peel your potatoes and skin your onion. Grate your potatoes! Grate your onion! If you have a food processor, this will be super easy and if you don't, well it will take a little longer. Use a box grater. People have done it for thousands of years and you can too!
Mix all the ingredients together (except the oil) and you've got your latke batter!
Heat your oil over moderately high heat (you want it hot, but not smoking). Drop about 1/4 cup of batter down. That's one latke. Do that a few more times - I wouldn't do more than 3 or 4 at a time or your pan will get overcrowded and the pancakes won't brown (which is lame). When they get brown on one side (give it a couple minutes and then cheat and check by lifting one up with a spatula), flip it to the other side. Let that side get brown and then remove it from the heat and lay it on paper towels so that the excess oil drains off.
You can keep them warm in the oven or just eat them right away! Serve with sour cream and applesauce. You can make your own applesauce if you have a food mill. I'll get to it on another post.