Sweet Potato Pancakes ~ Easy Recipe

March 25, 2014

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Here's my super simple sweet potato pancake recipe. It's not fancy, but it's always a crowd pleaser.

Perfect for even the pickiest eaters and a warm side dish on chilly evenings.

Shredded sweet potato pancakes in a pan

Today I had a "Oops" moment, that turned into a wonderful 'Oh my!" I love it when that happens!

I started roasting a chicken for dinner and decided that it would be yummy to make sweet potato fries as one of the side dishes.

Well, I have never made sweet potato fries before and when I tried to cut them up, I made a mess.
They were not the proper shape or size and I was really hurting my hand with my sad attempt at slicing.

Cooking is not really my thing, I do it because I have to, but I really don't have any fancy tools.

I'm used to cooking things like rice.

Shredding a sweet potato with a grater

Of course, I do have the the essentials, so I pulled my grater out of the cabinet, tried to remember my mom's old potato pancake recipes for inspiration and started shredding.

Update: Now I have a fabulous tool that does this automatically for me...but I digress.

I have to say that it was one of the best recipe fails I've ever had, because everyone loved the end result.

No one missed the fries.

Even the pickiest among us was asking for seconds...and thirds...and remember, we're talking vegetables here people!

Shredded sweet potatoes in bowl

We are basic eaters here at Exquisitely Unremarkable, nothing too spicy or too fancy is ever on the menu. Which means the recipe is super simple.

And there's room for you to embellish it any way you like.

Over the years, I've looked at many other sweet potato pancake recipes, thinking about jazzing our menu up, but eventually just settled on this, as it worked all for us.

They're delish, with sweet potato being the most dominant flavor.

Sweet Potatoes shredded frying in a pan

Here's what I did:


Super Simple Sweet Potato Recipe


3 large sweet potatoes
3-4 tablespoons of flour
1 egg
A few sprinkles of minced onion flakes
A dash of salt

Peel and shred potatoes, add all other ingredients and mix well.

Form into small pancakes and fry in a tiny coating of oil for 4 minutes each side...less if you like them less crispy.

Remove and place them on paper towel for a bit...then eat!!

Sweet potato pancakes on a plate with a fork

They were so good straight up, we didn't dip them in syrup or sour cream.

But you could.

They were honestly so yummy, we didn't even wait for the chicken to dig in!

So technically I guess they weren't a side dish. Which lead to my next point, that they would also make great appetizers.

It'd been a long time since I had these.

They were a favorite around the house when I was little and I'm so glad that my inept chopping skills led me down this path.

Now have a new super simple, simply scrumptious side dish.

That even I can make!



  1. These look great. I will have to try making them. My mom and I are great potato pancake fans and last summer I made some zucchini pancakes which were also very good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    1. I bet yours were even more yummy, Lorri, considering the veggies probably came from your own farm!!

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  2. Oh these look amazing! I pinned to make later on this week. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You'll have to let me know if they were a hit in your house, Jen! :)

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  3. Mmm, looks yummy, Kim. Don't you love it when an oops turns into something even better? Congratulations on your Bowdabra gig. You go girl! Hugs ~ Nancy P.S. I checked out your Tulle Carrot Garland. Very sweet.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy, you are always so supportive!! And sweet!! :)

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  4. Hi Kim, I have never had this before but it sure looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a nice week.
    Julie

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  5. Hi Kim, I love your carrot garland and it is perfect for Easter! Thanks so much for sharing this. I'm so late with my Easter decorations and hope to get around to it over the weekend. Have a nice week and happy spring!
    Julie

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    1. Julie, I am glad you like the recipe and thanks for checking out the garland! I still have a few bunny items to dig out and pepper around the house, so I am not fully decorated Easter either! It's a good thing I have a few more weeks! Happy spring to you, too!! :)

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  6. The sweet potato pancakes look yummy! I think my family would like that. We do something similar with squash. :)

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    1. My mom used to do it with regular potatoes, like a hash brown, I guess. I have never tried squash, I should try that since this was a hit. Thanks! :)

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  7. Kim- Those sweet potato pancakes look delicious...and what a simple, easy recipe, too! I am saving it to try.
    Congrats on your contribution to the other blog. I will pop over and take a look! xo Diana

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    1. Thanks Diana! I am not usually an adventurous chef! :) Hope you like it!

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  8. I looked at the carrot garland. It is really cute! You are so good at blogging! Congratulations.

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    1. Wow, thanks so much! I'll take that as a huge compliment coming from a crafty girl like yourself! :)

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  9. Thank you for a tasty recipe, Kim. Beautiful pictures. Happy week!

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    1. Thanks! Let me know if you try them...so easy! :)

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  10. Looks tasty!

    And that carrot garland is really cute.

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    1. Thanks...and honestly, they were both super easy to make! :)

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  11. I love sweet potatoes! Yum! I'm off to look at your garland! :) xo Jen

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    1. Thanks Jen! You are always such a sweet friend! :)

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  12. Kim,
    We are thrilled to have you on the Bowdabra Design Team. We love this Carrot Garland Tutorial! The Sweet Potato Pancakes are now on our to do list! We love sweet potatoes at our house.

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    1. Susie, I am thrilled! Thanks so much for popping by to welcome me and check out my other orange project for the day! ;)

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  13. Hi Kim,

    You make everything look so easy and delicious! Yes, it is amazing when those surprises happen in the kitchen, and yours was a sweet one, too! Congrats on your new venture at Bowdabra; popping over to check out your debut right now!

    Happy weekend!

    xo
    Poppy
    PS: Thanks for the lovely birthday wishes!:))

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    1. Thank you, Poppy! Trust me not all of my cooking mishaps are pretty or sweet! They usually end with take out! ;)

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  14. This sounds really good! Sometimes mistakes turn out better than the original! I would love it if you would link this up to my Tasty Tuesday party!
    http://www.thecomfortsofhome.blogspot.com/2014/03/tasty-tuesday-5.html

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    1. Thanks Penny! I will certainly check it out! :)

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  15. try this lazy recipe. peel and slice sweet potatoes place on a cookie sheet like they are cookies, sprinkle with olive oil and bake at 400 for 25 minutes or so depending on how thick the slices are. test for doneness and serve.

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    1. Thanks Jane!! Sounds yummy and super easy. I am always looking for quick, easy and lazy recipes for dinner. This one fits the bill! Thanks so much for sharing!! :)

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