Sweet Potato-Turnip Latkes


  • 1 pound sweet potatoes
  • ½ pound turnips
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 6 Tablespoons flour
  • Oil for frying


  1. Peel and grate the sweet potatoes and turnips. Steam the  vegetables for 2 minutes until just tender and slightly moistened. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add the onion, salt, and a sprinkling of black pepper. Stir in the egg and flour.
  2. Form a heaping tablespoon of batter into a patty by hand (do not overwork). Repeat to make 12 latkes.
  3. Heat a thin layer of oil in a large, heavy bottomed fry pan over medium heat. Lay 4-5 latkes in the oil, being careful not to overcrowd. Cook until golden, about 4 minutes. Flip, press with spatula to flatten slightly. Cook until golden, another 2 minutes or so. Serve with apple sauce or sour cream
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4 thoughts on “Sweet Potato-Turnip Latkes

  • July 19, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    I actually would rather pull out the food processor or Nutrabullet to do my kitchen work than I would use one of these clunky old things. I’ve never actually been able to use one without worrying about grating my fingers or knuckles alongside my food.

  • November 11, 2019 at 9:59 am

    I would have to say that my favorite grater that I own is one of the graters listed above in your article…NORPRO 339 STAINLESS STEEL GRATER. I use this item a lot and have no rust spots or dullness. I also own a box set and a one plane grater for quick access.

  • November 12, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    I’m definitely guilty of using an old, outdated box grater that’s more effective for an arm workout than actual grating/slicing. Hadn’t really put much thought into it until now, but it would be nice to save time and put in a bit less effort.

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