Sweet Potato Sage Latkes

I came across this suggestion for sweet potato pancakes in Real Simple magazine and had to try it. These latkes are absolutely delicious, require few ingredients, and are so simple to make. I had them warm over a simple baby spinach salad with some gruyere cheese and an oil and vinegar dressing (go easy on the oil though because these latkes are full of oil from the frying process). The crunch of the latke crust with the starchy warm center was a great flavor and texture contrast to the salad. This is a must-try for fall.

Sweet Potato Sage Latkes

  • 1 medium sized sweet potato
  • 1/2 small yellow onion
  • 5-8 leaves fresh sage
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


1. Grate sweet potato and onion into a bowl (if onion is too difficult to grate, chop it as finely as possible). Finely chop sage and stir into sweet potato-onion mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Heat oil over medium heat in frying pan.
3. Form sweet potato mixture into round discs, about 2" in diameter (this recipe should yield about 10 latkes).
4. Pan-fry sweet potato latkes, working in batches. After about 4 minutes, flip latkes and fry for another 4 minutes on the opposite side. Be sure to leave enough room for flipping. (And if any of them get stuck or break, do not fear. As long as you salt them while they're still hot, these latkes will taste delicious no matter what they look like.)
5. Once the latkes are done, place them on a plate covered with paper towels to absorb the oil. Immediately sprinkle with salt for maximum flavor! Enjoy!

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