Maple Sweet Potato Cakes with Curried Greek Yogurt

By • October 2, 2013 • 25 Comments



Author Notes: For about 2/3 of my life, I thought that I didn't like sweet potatoes. Why were they so sweet? And why was that sweetness right there on my plate, mixing with the savory Thanksgiving goodies I enjoyed far more? It turned out that the only times I had ever even tried sweet potatoes were in casseroles that always included globs of brown sugar and those evil little mini-marshmallows. Again, I reiterate: Why were marshmellows on my plate next to my turkey and gravy?

I'm so glad that my mother-in-law doesn't keep marshmallows around. The first Thanksgiving I shared with her, she simply roasted a few sweet potatoes. No marshmallows. Because of her, I discovered that sweet potatoes deserved a second chance. The vegetable itself is absolutely delicious...it's what some people do to it that I don't like.

So, sweet potatoes: I'm sorry. Here, I've made some griddled cakes with shredded sweet potatoes mixed with just a smidge of maple syrup and some spices for a nice balance of spicy and sweet. And, because Greek yogurt goes with pretty much everything, I flavored it up with some curry powder for dipping. Any leftover potato cakes are great for breakfast or brunch the next day!
foxeslovelemons

Food52 Review: With the approaching holidays of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah (or Thanksgivukkah to those celebrating both), those on the hunt for an alternative to candied yams or traditional potato latkes need look no further. These sweet potato cakes are flavorful without being overly sweet, and the Greek yogurt topping flavored with curry makes a rich and spicy counterpoint. Made with a touch of maple syrup, these cakes can scorch when you’re not looking, so look alive. To cook the cakes evenly and keep a golden brown color, we recommended making 10 to 12 slightly thinner cakes and cooking over medium heat.Lisa

Makes 6 cakes

Curried Greek Yogurt

  • 7 ounces 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Maple Sweet Potato Cakes

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup minced yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  1. Make Curried Greek Yogurt: In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients.
  2. Make Maple Sweet Potato Cakes: Place shredded potato in a large bowl and toss with salt. Let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a second large bowl, whisk together egg, maple syrup, white pepper, paprika and cinnamon. Using your hands, squeeze all excess liquid out of potato; discard liquid. Add potato, onion and breadcrumbs to egg mixture; toss to combine well.
  4. Form potato mixture into 6 cakes (they should be about 3 1/2-inches diameter and 1/2-inch thick). Heat a griddle or large nonstick pan over medium high-heat. Spray griddle with nonstick spray; place potato cakes on griddle. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy on the outside, flattening with spatula as they cook and flipping occasionally. Serve immediately with Curried Greek Yogurt.
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3 months ago Ceege

Jack, to make vegan........for each egg needed in any recipe, mix 1 tablespoon flax seed meal and 3 tablespoons of water. Stir and let sit about 5 minutes or so. I have been using this for several years now.

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3 months ago Jack

What can I replace the eggs with to male this vegan?

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4 months ago MaryRobins

I just made these but I am only one person and can't eat it all at once. I am fairy certain that it would be better to keep the raw mix rather than cooked cakes in the fridge, how long would you recommend keeping the mix for?

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4 months ago foxeslovelemons

Hi MaryRobins - I'm afraid I'm simply not sure, as I've never tried it. I do know that the leftover (griddled cakes) actually re-heat quite well if you re-griddle them to warm them back up. Hope that helps.

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4 months ago MaryRobins

That does help indeed, thank you!

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5 months ago Laura Hipps

Okay, I'll try squeezing out more liquid next go-round; despite them not staying together, it's a tasty dish. Thanks for the feedback.

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5 months ago Laura Hipps

My cakes fell apart! What did I do wrong??

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5 months ago foxeslovelemons

Hmmmm. Were you sure to squeeze all the extra liquid from the potatoes, Laura? It's best if they're REALLY wrung out.

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5 months ago Barb

Wow, these were even better than I expected. I added some pimenton de la vera and some hot paprika to the mix, and they were fantastic! I thought I'd have them without the sauce since we were having BBQ chicken that night and curry powder didn't seem to go. They were great plain but incredible with the sauce. I just sautéed them in a little olive oil and then stuck them in the oven for a bit to be sure the inside was done. I think I'll make these in miniature version for my next party.

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5 months ago foxeslovelemons

So glad you enjoyed them, Barb! I love the miniature party version idea :)

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5 months ago redhairandfreckles

I added a little chipotle to the egg mixture and it was great! Also--I used sour cream instead of yogurt since I had it around, and it worked really well (I used mild and hot curry spice, just for fun :)) I don't have a griddle, so I just put the cakes in a 200 degree oven while I cooked the rest. It kept them warm which was awesome. Such a great recipe!

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5 months ago foxeslovelemons

That sounds so good, redhairandfreckles! I love hot curry powder too, so I use that in this recipe once in awhile, too :)

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6 months ago Ceege

These were amazing. Due to health issues, I have become a vegetarian and am looking for recipes to make. I love the idea that they can be made just from spraying the pan, rather than cooking in deep oil. They were delicious and the curried yogurt sauce was great with this dish. Thank you so much for a great recipe. I will be making these often.

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6 months ago foxeslovelemons

So glad you enjoyed them, Ceege! I really hate frying in oil (such a mess!), so anything I can get away with just spraying the pan, I do!

Awesome!!!

6 months ago froggie

these...were...amazing. we were out of panko so subbed some stale jewish rye bread crumbs, made in the processor. but i bet just about any breadcrumb would work here. next time gonna chop in some kale or dark greenie. a fantastic recipe. thanks so much for sharing it, foxes! "-)

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6 months ago foxeslovelemons

Yum, froggie! I love the kale idea - I want to try that myself next time I make these.

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9 months ago Velauria

I am from Canada and sweet potato marshmallow casserole is not a thing here, thank goodness! These latkes look amazing. I am thinking of subbing smoked paprika for the regular paprika. I can't resist anything smoky and maple-y!

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9 months ago foxeslovelemons

Oh, I LOVE the smoked paprika idea! Trying it that way myself next time, Velauria!

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10 months ago Coffee + Champagne

YES! Who wants even sweeter SWEET potatoes? I am also no the biggest lover of them. But this recipe appeals to the latke loving Jew in me as well as peeks my curiosity as to what dish converted a fellow sweet potato skeptic. I'm in! I have a feeling I will like this one! (fingers crossed)

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10 months ago foxeslovelemons

Thanks so much, Coffee + Champagne! I'm always happy to find somebody who agrees with me about this whole sweet potatoes + marshmellows bit :)

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10 months ago Coffee + Champagne

Wholeheartedly! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

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10 months ago Lisa

Thanks for your lovely note, and congratulations! I'll be sharing this recipe on my blog at eatingandwandering.com.

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10 months ago foxeslovelemons

Can't wait to read your post! Thanks Lisa!

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10 months ago inpatskitchen

Warmest congratulations on the CP!

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10 months ago foxeslovelemons

Thank you, Pat!