Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Fried patties of happy

Last night, in the spirit of Hanukkah, starchy root vegetables, cold weather and fried food, I made Sweet Potato Latkes for dinner. These latkes were the perfect combination of sweet, savory, crisp, tender, and spice. The ingredients were simple - grated sweet potatoes, sliced scallions, flour, egg, salt, pepper, and my favorite - cinnamon. We put a small dollop of sour cream on each latke to round out the meal (dairy).

Sweet Potato Latkes

1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated
2 scallions, finely chopped
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Coat a non-stick skillet with enough oil to go about 1/4 of an inch up the side. Heat the oil until it's hot, but not smoking. You will want the oil to be pretty hot so that the latkes crisp instead of boil in the oil and absorb it all. Place 1/8 cup spoonfulls into the hot oil. I used a small ice cream scoop and it worked like a charm. Spread the ball into a 3 inch patty and let the oil do its job. After about a minute, check the bottom of the latke for a golden brown color and crisp texture. If it is crisp, flip the latke and repeat on the other side. Take the latkes out and drain on a paper towel and serve hot. You may have to replace some of the oil if you're making a large batch. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream.

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