Sweet Potato Pancakes
Sweet Potato Pancakes are savory pancakes that can be served for breakfast, brunch, lunch or supper, depending on what other foods you serve with them! Grated sweet potatoes and onions are mixed with eggs, flour, orange juice and zest and spiced with cardamom. Sweet Potato Pancakes are topped with a dollop of sour cream and applesauce, just like potato pancakes (latkes) are served. Of course you can use whatever you like for toppings, too!
- 4 cups coarsely grated sweet potatoes or yams
- 1/2 cup grated onion
- 3-4 tablespoons orange juice
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon cardamom
- Dash black pepper
- 4 eggs, beaten
- Oil for frying
- Combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet until it is very hot.
- Use a spoon to form thin pancakes, patting the batter down.
- Fry on both sides until brown, adding small amounts of additional oil, as needed.
- Serve hot with toppings.
- Suggested Toppings: applesauce, sour cream
The sweet potatoes or yams may be grated on a box cutter or by a food processor. All ingredients are combined in a bowl and mixed well before spooning the batter into a skillet (I used a griddle).
The Sweet Potato Pancakes are smoothed down so that they are of a consistent thickness. Cook on one side until lightly browned.
Flip the pancakes to the other side and cook until nicely browned. Serve hot with desired toppings.
Cardamom and Sweet Potatoes
I really enjoy the flavor of cardamom, a spice which is made from the seed pods of various plants in the ginger family. Cardamom is often used in Indian, Middle Eastern, and Scandinavian cuisines. If you’ve had chai tea, you’ve probably had cardamom, which is usually a component of chai tea. Cardamom is also in the blend of spices that make up garam masala, which is used extensively in Indian cooking. Cardamom has a fragrant aroma of lemon and mint.
Medicinally cardamom contains elements that appear to treat stomach and intestinal spasms and increases the movement of food through the intestines. It’s used as a flavoring and a basis for medicinal preparations for indigestion.
Sweet potatoes contain some great nutrients such as beta carotene, Vitamin A, fiber, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and blood sugar regulating nutrients. Beta carotene is a strongly colored red-orange pigment abundant in fruits and vegetables. Beta carotene is a well-known antioxidant and eating a diet rich in beta carotene is an excellent health recommendation.
These two ingredients in Sweet Potato Pancakes are definitely healthy to eat!
Did you catch my other recipes containing sweet potatoes? If not, check out these recipes: Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Patties, Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas, and Sweet Potato Casserole.
I’ll be featuring another recipe made with cardamom soon so watch for Cardamom Banana Muffins.
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