Sweet Potato and Scallion Latkes

Sweet potatoes are definitely a Thanksgiving staple, and I love to use them in creamy pies, savory salads and hearty soups. They are also perfect for casseroles and a number of side dishes. Here is my favorite sweet potato recipe that I’d like to make as a side dish for the Thanksgiving dinner table instead of doing mashed potatoes. It is a good option for a weekend brunch, too, serving with a bowl of hot Shrimp Pumpkin Bisque (recipe coming soon).

Latkes - a healthier take on a traditional deep fried potato pancakes, are lightly pan fried in a small amount of oil. There are many variations of this recipe but what is so great with this one is that it is easy to operate, especially when you pan-fry and flip the latkes -- when adding the sweet potato mixture to the oil in the pan, they won’t splatter, and won’t easily fall apart.

They would be beautiful served crispy on a platter, or even mini’s as appetizer. Savory, aromatic, and melt-in-your mouth delicious, they are so satisfying — particularly when fried in a flavorful fat like coconut oil. I especially love the natural sweet flavor and the hot and crunchy bits around the edges. If you like, put a dollop of sour cream on the top of each latke and sprinkle them with fresh chives. They are comforting and delicious little bites!

Sweet Potato and Scallion Latkes


  • 1 pound sweet potato or yam, peeled (about 3 small or 2 medium)

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoon all purpose flour

  • ½ to 1 teaspoon salt (or to your taste)

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (freshly-ground preferred)

  • 2 scallions (you can add more if you love the taste of scallions)

  • 3-4 tablespoon vegetable oil, or olive oil, or coconut oil for pan frying

  • sour cream (optional)

  • fresh chives: chopped (optional)


  1. Grate the sweet potatoes, using the large holes on a box grater, set aside;

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, flour, salt and pepper;

  3. Add the sweet potatoes and the scallions and mix until the potatoes are well coated;

  4. Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until the oil is hot but not smoking. You can add more oil later if needed;

  5. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the potato mixture into the oil and flatten with a spatula to about 3 inches in diameter. Adding 2 to 4 ore latkes and more oil if needed, but do not over-crowd the pan;

  6. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until golden, about 2 minutes on each side;

  7. With a spatula, transfer the latkes to a plate covered with a paper towel to drain.

  8. Serve warm.

  9. Put a dollop of sour cream on the top of each latke and sprinkle them with fresh chives (Optional).