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Monday, December 19, 2011
"Tell your friend Veronica, it's time you celebrate Hanukkah,
I hope I get a harmonica, on this lovely, lovely Hanukkah! (and yes, I will drink a gin and tonica!)".
For the festival of lights I am contributing Sweet Potato Latkes from Ottolenghi's book Plenty.
Just something a bit different from the normal everyday latkes.
It seems strange that there are no eggs in this recipe like the usual potato pancakes, but because you cook the sweet potatoes first, they will stay together.
I served these with creme fraiche and cilantro and they were delicious!
Plenty's Sweet Potato Pancakes:
2 1/4 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 tsp soy sauce
3/4 cup of flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar (I didn't use the sugar)
3 tbsp green onion
1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh red chile (if you like them hot)
Steam the sweet potatoes completely, and leave them in a colander to drain for at least an hour. This will remove most of the moisture.
Once the sweets have lost most of their liquid, place them in a mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
Mix everything by hand, without over mixing. The mixture should be sticky. If it's runny, add a pinch more flour.
In a heavy skillet, melt about 3 tbsp of butter (you may need to add more). I always add a little olive oil to prevent the butter from burning.
Form into little latkes and fry about 5 minutes on each side, flipping carefully with a fish spatula.
Serve with a dollop of creme fraiche or sour cream and some fresh cilantro and serve them for your Hanukkah party.
I asked our neighbor Glen how he liked them and he said "I like them a lot-ka!" Get it?
and for your Hanukkah present this year, I am giving away 2 copies of Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty Cookbook to 2 good little boys or girls.
Tell us if you have been naughty or nice and don't forget to sign your name.
Winners will be announced on 12/23 (my birthday, hint hint), along w/ the Keurig Giveaway winner!