Show Me the Latkes!

By Bianca Tamburello, Dietetics Student, Sargent College

The fear of finals along with excitement for winter break rolled into Karen Jacobs’ Sargent Choice Test Kitchen this week.

I was so excited to celebrate my first Hanukah with Karen and my second family at the test kitchen. In honor of the celebration, Karen taught us how to make her family latke recipe. The first bite of the crispy fried potato pancakes persuaded me to add this recipe to my own holiday recipe book.


Food plays a large role in holiday tradition and without it holidays would not be the same. Although family recipes are not always the healthiest choices at family gatherings, altered recipes can lose their sentimental value. However, this doesn’t mean there isn’t room to start new family traditions based around healthier recipes. Whether you celebrate Hanukah, or just like the taste of latkes, Sargent Choice has created a healthier version that would make a great addition to your holiday traditions!


I hope you enjoy this Sargent Choice latke recipe made with sweet potatoes!

Happy holidays and have a relaxing break!

Sargent Choice Sweet Potato Latke

Yield 4 servings


4 medium sweet potatoes peeled and grated
1 cup minced onion
4 eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup whole grain matzo meal or whole wheat flour
4 tablespoons light olive oil
¼ teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups unsweetened applesauce, as garnish


1. Combine grated sweet potatoes, onion, pepper, and eggs. Stir well to combine.

2. Add whole grain matzo meal or whole wheat flour and mix again. Note: Only add enough to make a batter; the mixture should not be too dry or stiff.

3. Heat half the light olive oil over medium-high heat in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet. Drop large spoonfuls of the batter into the skillet, pressing gently with a spatula to flatten each latke. Each latke should be approximately ½ inches away from each other. Fry for 4 to 5minutes until the underside is brown, then flip and cook another 3 to 4 minutes more.

4. Remove latkes to a warm plate and repeat process with remaining oil and batter.

5. Serve immediately with applesauce.

1 Serving




15 g

Saturated Fat

2.5 g


5 g


54 g


7 g


Ayfiel posted on January 31, 2012 at 1:18 am

Very nice and clear recipe. A very complete and

orderly guidance to cook. I think it is very helpful

for readers who want to try making

sweet potatoes at home. thank you
Honey Joys

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Tabelacı posted on December 8, 2022 at 6:43 pm

potato food

Boyacı Ustası posted on April 16, 2023 at 9:17 am

I like latkes. Breakfast food.

markcasiol posted on July 30, 2023 at 8:34 am

The anticipation of finals mixed with the excitement for winter break mirrors the buzz at Karen Jacobs’ Sargent Choice Test Kitchen this week. It’s like an Online logo contest, where creativity and talent collide to create something extraordinary. Looking forward to seeing the amazing results!

Tammy Graves posted on March 27, 2024 at 2:41 am

These latkes are making my mouth water! I’m adding them to my holiday menu this year. Thanks for the recipe! If you are interested in exploring nuanced distinctions and intricate comparisons, I encourage you to focus on identifying the “difference between“.

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