Who cares? I love em either way. Sweet potatoes are solid packages bursting with beta-carotene, vitamins A, B6, C, copper, maganese, iron, and fiber. Eat some today and make your mother proud. A favorite recipe calls for brushing them with olive oil, grilling them until they develop that sweet golden brown color, mixing with chopped cilantro, corn, cumin, onion and a splash lime juice. It makes an amazing summer salad. Pour some wine and be happy.
The WORST task for any cook is peeling potatoes! KILL ME ALREADY!!!
My partner doesn't cook. He comes from a long line of non-cooking Jewish people. Before I met him he would often be spotted in the El Pollo Loco drive-through on his way home from a day of work. His mother is adept at making reservations and stuffing her closet full of boutique purchases. Her kitchen counters are filled with gorgeous orchids, photos and knick-knacks. This is the sign of a good Jewish mother who understands how damaging cooking can be to a fine manicure.
However, all good Jewish people have some innate skill for a few good Jewish basics. The mother-in-law makes one mighty fine brisket! It is fascinating to witness this transformation that occurs at Passover. It's like a cellular memory thing kicks in.
It was during a Jewish holiday that I got my first taste of real latkas. I'm not talking about the crappy "potato pancake" things you can order at IHOP at 3 am to kill time and sober up. Real latkas are crispy on the outside and soft and yielding on the inside. I knew that I would have to try and make them.
I found a recipe that worked and suddenly I was making latkas whenever I could. They are actually super simple. I'm hooked. But being the Gemini that I am, I needed change and started looking into various types of latkas. This recipe for curried sweet potato latkas is flavorful and a fun varation of a latka.
I served these with some grilled tilapia with a spicy rub and some sesamee cucumber salad. The mildy Asian flavors worked well together. For the next batch I will probably pump up the spices a bit and add some grated fresh ginger.
CURRIED SWEET POTATO LATKAS taken from Epicurious
1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled (ugh) and grated coarsely (hire the neighbor's kid to peel em)
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cayenne powder
2 tsp curry powder (Be adventurous and use more...)
1 tsp cumin (ditto on the cumin)
salt and pepper to taste
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk (approx.)
Canola oil for frying
Combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, cayenne pepper, curry powder, cumin and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add eggs and just enough of the milk to make a stiff batter. Add the potatoes and mix. Resulting batter should be moist but not runny.
Heat 1/4 inch of oil in heavy skillet until hot. Drop batter into skillet in 1 to 1 tablespoon sized dobs and flatten. Fry over medium-high heat until golden on each side. Check frequently as sugars will brown quickly. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.