Spiralized sweet potato latkes… in the waffle-maker!

Crispy golden sweet potato latkes in minutes, in the waffle maker! Serve with sweet or savoury toppings for a delicious treat at Chanukah or any time.

Sometimes, circumstances combine in unlikely ways to create something fabulous. I think it’s called serendipity. In this case, I had a giant sweet potato from my organic veg box, I was mulling the possibilities for interesting latkes ahead of Chanukah, and I had waffle-makers and spiralisers on the brain, having just written my seasonal gift guide.

Sweet potato latke-waffles!

Attempting a sweet potato latke was an easy decision. However, whenever I’ve had them before they’ve always been horribly sweet, and usually over-cinnamonny. I wanted mine to be a savoury side-dish, although as it turned out, they’re actually pretty good with both savoury and sweet accompaniments. We had some as a side-dish at dinner time, with spicy aubergines and coleslaw. And I had the leftovers the next day with the traditional American latke garnishes of applesauce and sour cream. Delicious!

Sweet potato latke with applesauce & sour cream

Frying time – or not

My main problem with cooking latkes is the hot-oil-splattering, chip-shop-hair-inducing, time-consuming, laborious frying of them. Last year I solved the problem by cooking the latkes all in one go in the oven. However the waffle-maker is even easier. Simply brush the hot waffle irons with plenty of oil (use olive oil for extra Chanukah authenticity if you like) and the end result is a crispy, golden, delicious latke in moments. Not too greasy, no mess, no fuss. Of course you can cook the latke mixture in a pan in the traditional way. I’m sure they would be just as tasty!

Spiraling out of control?

Using the spiraliser to prepare the potato was a great idea too. I used the smallest blade to make long, thin strands of sweet potato, which gave the latkes a lovely texture, and pretty, crispy, lacy edges. However if you don’t have a spiraliser don’t despair! You can simply finely grate the sweet potato for a very similar end result.

Great results

I hope you agree that my waffle-maker latkes are interesting, at least! Look out for more fun Chanukah recipes like these Chanukah mince pies, or this crispy Chanukah chocolate bark.

Wishing you and yours a very happy and delicious Chanukah!

No mess! No fuss! Just crispy golden sweet potato latkes in minutes, in the waffle maker! Serve with sweet or savoury toppings for a super Chanukah treat.

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Sweet potato latke waffles

Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American, jewish
Keyword sweet potato
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 141kcal
Author Helen

Equipment

  • spiralizer or fine grater
  • waffle maker or frying pan

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato (Approx. 550-600g)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp self-raising flour
  • 3 tbsp milk or plant-based alternative
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)

Instructions

  • Peel the sweet potato. Using the 'angel-hair' blade, spiralize the sweet potato into long thin strands. (If you don't have a spiralizer, simply grate the sweet potato finely.) Use a sharp knife to make a few cuts through the resulting tangle, to shorten the strands a little.
  • Whisk the eggs, flour and milk together and pour over the sweet potato. Mix well to coat the sweet potato in the mixture.
  • Preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F). Heat the waffle-maker to medium high and oil the waffle-irons thoroughly.
  • Transfer a few tablespoons of the sweet potato mixture into the waffle-maker and spread out to the edges. Close the waffle-maker, turn over (if your waffle-maker turns) and cook for a few minutes until crispy, browning, and cooked through. The exact time will depend a little on your waffle-maker - mine took about 5-6 minutes per latke/waffle.
  • Transfer the waffle-latke to a baking sheet and keep warm in the preheated oven while you cook up the remaining mixture. If the latkes look like they are becoming too crispy, cover with a piece of foil.
  • Once all the mixture is cooked, serve, and enjoy!

Notes

The sweet potato latke mixture can be cooked in a frying pan if you don't have a waffle-maker.
Approx per serving: 141 calories, 7g fat, 6g protein, 12g carbs

You might also enjoy this recipe for hot mulled apple juice with little apple dreidels, this one for Chanukah gelt hot chocolate, or this one for jam doughnut pull-apart challah.

 

18 Comments:

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  2. I’m going to try this, great combination of different food trends and styles with traditional recipes.

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  4. I tred this but the potatoes seemed uncooked even though the edges were golden brown. So I put them on a pan to cook longer. Not of fan of the egg taste though, but thanks for the idea.

    • Hi Aisha, I’m sorry these didn’t come out exactly as you’d hoped. Maybe different models of waffle maker cook at different rates? Thanks and all the best, Helen.

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  9. Ohh they look amazing! Such a brilliant idea! x

  10. What a fantastic idea Helen! Love this – I’ve read so many creative uses for waffle-makers recently, must dig mine out and give this a go!

  11. I don’t have a spiralizer and my waffle maker isn’t very deep but I’m still going to attempt to make these. Genius idea!

  12. Oh my gosh, genius!! I recently got both a spiralizer and a waffle maker, so this recipe was made for me!!

  13. Wow such a creative idea! Now I can’t wait until my new waffle maker is delivered to try these!!

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