I Am Thankful For Sweet Potato Pancakes
So, how was your Thanksgiving? Mine was very enjoyable. Both boys were there, plus my brother-in-law and his wife. They were in charge of the wine, and brought an excellent and generous selection.
Judy is very good at preparing all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes – turkey, stuffing, cranberries. She also has a powerful need to produce them herself every year. On those years when we are guests on Thanksgiving, she feels the need to cook her own small turkey, stuffing, etc, the next day. And you better be JUST AS APPRECIATIVE the second time around.
This year we hosted. But because Thanksgiving overlapped with Hannukah, we felt the need to change the menu a bit to recognize both holidays. We considered several possibilities. Judy suggested turkey stuffed with beef brisket, and I advocated for turkey stuffed with matzah meal. These and other ideas were rejected.
What we settled on was sweet potato pancakes. As you may know, potato pancakes (latkes) are the traditional Hannukah dish for East European Jews, and it is something our family makes once a year. Not because they are difficult to make, but because they are so dangerously delicious.
Anyhow, Danny found a recipe for sweet potato latkes and we all liked the idea. We ate them with sour cream and home-made applesauce. They were very good. Not good enough to replace regular latkes, perhaps, but definitely worth trying.
The recipe called for green onions but we used ordinary white onions, which was fine. One advantage of making latkes from sweet potatoes is that they have a lot less water in them than white potatoes, so you don’t have to squeeze the shredded bits.
If you try making this recipe and are new to the ways of the latkes, let me share my secret for good potato pancakes: DON’T FUSS. That is, once you put the potato pancake in the pan, don’t keep nudging it or constantly turning it over. Just let it sit there and get nice and crispy, which is the main point. Also, make sure the oil in the pan is good and hot.
Did you try anything new for your Thanksgiving dinner?