Perfect Pear and Sweet Potato Latkes For Thanksgivukkah

November 27, 2013

For a delicious twist on the classic latkes try this tasty pear and sweet potato version. They're the perfect treat for Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, also known as Thanksgivukkah! Make up a big batch and keep them warm in a 200 degree oven for up to an hour - if they last that long!

Pear and Sweet Potato Latkes
Courtesy of Whole Foods Market
Makes about 2 dozen latkes

1 1/2 pound (about 2 medium) sweet potatoes, peeled and grated
1 large firm pear, grated
2 tablespoons grated onion
2 large eggs
1/4 cup all-purpose flour or matzo meal
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Canola oil, for frying
Greek yogurt or sour cream, for serving

Place potatoes in the center of a kitchen towel, gather up the edges, and twist the towel to remove excess moisture. In a large bowl, stir together potatoes, pear, onion and eggs. Sprinkle with flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg, and toss again.
Pour oil to a depth of about 1/8 inch into a large skillet and set over medium heat until hot. Working in batches and not overcrowding the pan, drop potato mixture by rounded tablespoons into the skillet and press down very gently to form small pancakes. Cook until browned on the bottom and potato begins to firm, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook until the other side is browned and potatoes are cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes longer. Transfer with a slotted spatula to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet to drain. Serve warm with yogurt on the side.