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Sunday
Dec162012

sweet potato leek + sage latkes

Whatever you do…

Do not gift these to someone in a jar.  I’m pretty sure that would turn into a hot, soggy mess.  And no one wants a hot, soggy, edible gift.

Instead, invite a friend over for lunch and make these alongside a veggie filled salad.

Sweet Potato Leek & Sage Latkes | Edible Perspective

I grew up eating latkes around this time of year.  Specifically, during Chanukah.  They’re a favorite of mine that I often forget about.  While the old-fashioned potato version is pretty much perfect on its own, I wanted to put a little spin on things today.

I used leeks instead of onions for a more mild flavor.

Well that, aaaand because leeks are pretty and I love cutting them. 

Sweet Potato Leek & Sage Latkes | Edible Perspective

My idea was to try baking the latkes, but I also pan fried a few to compare.

I’ll let you take a wild guess as to which version was superior. 

Sweet Potato Leek & Sage Latkes | Edible Perspective

I always remember frying them when we were younger.  There was a distinct smell from the frying of potato, onion, and egg that I will never forget and always be able to sniff out.  Today was no different.  It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, while at the same time it made me miss my family!

Sweet Potato Leek & Sage Latkes | Edible Perspective

Sweet Potato Leek & Sage Latkes | Edible Perspective

I wish they could have been here to help me scarf these delicious little gems right up.  But maybe this way is better because now I have them all to myself.

Sweet Potato Leek & Sage Latkes | Edible Perspective

Print this!

Sweet Potato Leek & Sage Latkes [yields 14-16 latkes] adapted from organic gardening

  • 5 cups grated sweet potato, about 2 medium sweet potatoes – skin on is fine
  • 1 cup chopped leeks
  • 1/3 cup raw buckwheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sage
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • oil for the pan
  • optional toppings: applesauce, Greek yogurt, sour cream

For fried latkes: Despite the fried version only cooking for 5-6 minutes in a pan, the sage and leek mellowed out much more than the baked version.  They became very crisp around the edges and firm in the center.

  1. Place the grated sweet potato in a large bowl and squeeze out some of the moisture with a towel.
  2. Mix in the leeks, flour, sage, and garlic.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs, oil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour the egg mixture in the potato bowl and mix with a large fork until fully combined.  The mixture will be very wet.
  5. Heat a large skillet/pan over medium heat and add enough oil to give a good coating in the bottom of the pan.
  6. Form about 1/4 cup sized balls from the mixture, packing between your hands and then place in the pan.  You should be able to form somewhat messy ball that loosely holds together.
  7. Press with a spatula to about a 3-inch diameter.  Repeat until the pan is full, but don’t overcrowd.
  8. Cook for about 3 minutes until golden brown, then flip and cook another 2-3 minutes.
  9. Repeat steps 6-8 until all are cooked and add more oil if needed in between batches.
  10. Place on a paper towel lined plate, lightly dab the excess oil, sprinkle with salt, and serve with applesauce, Greek yogurt, or sour cream if desired.

For baked latkes: I preferred the fried version overall but really enjoyed the baked version cold on a salad or just straight out of the fridge.  They are softer in the center than the fried version with a stronger sage flavor, but still have crisp edges.

  1. Heat your oven to 400*F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with cooking spray.
  2. Place the grated sweet potato in a large bowl and squeeze out some of the moisture with a towel.
  3. Mix in the leeks, flour, sage, and garlic until fully combined.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs, oil, salt, and pepper.
  5. Pour the egg mixture in the potato bowl and mix with a large fork until fully combined. The mixture will be very wet.
  6. Form about 1/4 cup sized balls from the mixture, packing between your hands and then place on the baking sheet. You should be able to form somewhat messy ball that loosely holds together.
  7. Press with a spatula to about a 3-inch diameter. Leave about 1” in between each latke.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes, flip, then bake another 15-20 minutes until golden brown and crisp around the edges.
  9. Sprinkle with salt and serve with applesauce, Greek yogurt, or sour cream if desired.

notes: If you have a food processor with a grater attachment I highly suggest using it.  It takes seconds to grate 5 cups.  You could use gluten-free oat flour instead of buckwheat flour if desired.  Do not use toasted/brown/kasha buckwheat as it has a very strong flavor.  You can easily grind raw buckwheat flour at home in a high speed blender.  Grind raw buckwheat grounds until you have a fine, flour consistency.

Baked version photographed below.

Sweet Potato Leek & Sage Latkes | Edible Perspective

Applesauce will always be my favorite topping and it works so well with this sweet potato + sage version.

Sweet Potato Leek & Sage Latkes | Edible Perspective

Enjoy!

I’ll be back with more things in jars very soon!

Ashley

Reader Comments (7)

Looks very tempting! That applesauce look like ghee :-)
December 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonia
Hi looks so yummy..is there any sub for the buckwheat flour?
December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeannie
@Jeannie - If you are looking to keep it gluten free I would recommend gluten free oat flour. If not, wheat or spelt should work fine in this instance. Enjoy!
December 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
I love latkes - especially with applesauce. When I was 14, a friend of mine wanted to eat her age in latkes at my temple's annual Hanukkah party. She got through seven before being too full of fried potato yummies to continue. That memory still makes me giggle.
December 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeva at deva by definition
I love this! I make potato fritters/latkes pretty often, but have never even thought of using sweet potatoes. I have a sweet potato in the kitchen that has been neglected for weeks - he may finally find his home in my tummy tonight, by way of my food processor's grater :P
December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
Yum! These look divine! I never grew up with latkes, but I did grown up with sweet potatoes mashed up and covered in brown sugar and pecans. Mmmm...gotta love the south!
I grew up with traditional latkes, and mashed potato pancakes. I love this idea, and cannot wait to try it this evening!
December 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJC Carter

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