Strictly Speaking Non-Traditional Sweet Potato Latkes

Strictly Speaking Non-Traditional Sweet Potato Latkes

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Happy Hanukkah! Now, I'm not Jewish. But I feel happy to send you this greeting no matter your religious associations. Because around my house we like to say I am Jewish adjacent, that's because my partner is Sephardic. The differences between Sephardic Jews and Ashkenazi Jews are partly cultural and partly religious. These two branches of Judaism separated at one time by geography still retain many of their distinct culinary traditions.One of these Ashkenazi culinary holiday traditions is the latke– joyously served as part of a Hanukkah celebration.The Gentiles among us may ask "What makes a potato pancake, or more simply a potato fritter, a latke? "Well my reading tells me that a latke is much more than a pancake made from fried potatoes. In fact the potato latke is symbolic. It's a potato pancake on the outside but it represents the "humble man's" neshamah or what we in English might describe as a soul.Geez (pardon the expression) that's a whole lotta holiday pressure to put onto one little pancake? But it does explain how the latke came to represent an integral part of this holiday for most Ashkenazi Jews.But potato latkes aren't as traditional an element in the Sephardic Hanukkah tradition. In fact weren't even originally a part of Ashkenazi Hanukkah cuisine either.


  • 1 large sweet potato, about 1 lb
  • 1 medium russet potato, about 1/2 pound
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • vegetable oil for fryer, as needed
  • 2 c applesauce
  • 3 scallions, finely sliced (green parts only)
  • 1 c sour cream
Read the whole recipe on SippitySup- Serious Fun Food