Sweet Potato-Chive Latkes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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1 medium russet potato, peeled and shredded (about 10 ounces)

1 large sweet potato, peeled and shredded (about 1 pound)

1 whole egg plus 1 egg white 

1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 

1 tablespoon granulated garlic 

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper 

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives 

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper 

3 tablespoons canola oil 

One 16-ounce container sour cream 

Freshly torn fresh parsley leaves, for garnish 


  1. Add the shredded potatoes to a bowl of water, stir to combine. Pour the potatoes over a wire mesh strainer and allow to drain.
  2. Whisk the egg and egg white in a large glass mixing bowl until just incorporated, about 30 seconds. Sift the flour, granulated garlic, cayenne and cinnamon into the egg. Add the chives. Sprinkle with 3 teaspoons each salt and black pepper; whisk until smooth. Fold in the sweet potato and potato, making sure the batter is thoroughly combined.
  3. Set a large cast-iron or heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add the oil. Working in small batches, drop about 3 tablespoons per latke into the skillet just before the oil begins to smoke. Flatten each slightly with a slotted metal spatula. Make sure to not overcrowd the skillet.
  4. Crisp the latkes until the bottoms are caramelized, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip with the spatula and continue crisping the second side for about 6 minutes total. The latkes should be cooked through and a dark, golden brown. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined dish. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, garnishing each latke center with a small dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of torn parsley leaves.
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