Happy belated Hanukkah! The holiday definitely snuck up on everyone this year…we barely had time to recover from Thanksgiving before this holiday began on Tuesday evening!

I’ve always been a huge fan of potato latkes, the traditional fried potato pancake that is eaten on this holiday. A few years ago, I began experimenting with sweet potatoes and found that these are even better than the traditional latke! The combination of sweet potatoes, scallions and oil (yum!) make this a great recipe for Hanukkah or as a side dish any night of the week!



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
3/4 cup vegetable oil


Stir together potatoes, scallions, flour, eggs, salt, and pepper.

Heat oil in a deep 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches of 4, spoon 1/8 cup potato mixture per latke into oil and flatten to 3-inch diameter with a slotted spatula. Reduce heat to moderate and cook until golden, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Transfer latkes with spatula to paper towels to drain.

Serve with sour cream and/or applesauce!

Bon appetit!

Happy Hanukkah! I hope you enjoyed Hillman’s Helpings.


Lauren Hillman
Hillman’s Helpings