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Sweet Potato-Green Onion Pancakes with Poached Eggs, Holiday Ham and Pepper Jam

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 50 min
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Sweet Potato-Green Onion Pancakes:

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 large sweet potato, peeled and coarsely grated 

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 small Spanish onion, finely grated 

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 

2 green onions (dark green and light green parts only), thinly sliced 

Unsalted butter, for frying 

Canola oil, for frying 

Poached Eggs:

3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

4 large eggs

1/2 cup pepper jelly 

8 ounces glazed baked ham, thinly sliced 


Special equipment:
  1. For the pancakes: Combine 4 cups cold water and 1 tablespoon kosher salt in a large bowl and stir until the salt dissolves. Stir in the sweet potato and let sit for 15 minutes. Drain, then dump onto a large piece of cheesecloth and wring out as much water as possible.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Whisk together the eggs, onion and some pepper in a large bowl. Add the sweet potato and flour, and mix until combined. Fold in the green onions.
  3. Heat a few tablespoons each of butter and oil until shimmering in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Using a scant 1/4 cup per pancake, add the sweet potato mixture to the pan, leaving some space in between. Flatten slightly and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels, then transfer the pancakes to a baking sheet and place in the oven for 5 minutes to finish cooking.
  4. For the eggs: Fill a high-sided skillet halfway with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat; add the vinegar. Line a plate with paper towels. Break each egg into a little ramekin or cup.
  5. One at a time, slip the eggs into the water, leaving space between them; adjust the heat to a bare simmer. Cook until the whites are set and the yolks still runny, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to paper towels to blot off the water.
  6. To serve: Put the pancakes on a serving platter. Top 4 of them with a smear of pepper jelly, a few slices of ham and a poached egg. Season with salt and pepper. Top with another pancake to make sandwiches (see Cook's Note).

Cook’s Note

Alternatively, you can serve the pancakes open-faced, with extra pepper jelly. Double the number of poached eggs if you do.