Orna & Ella's Sweet Potato Pancakes

August 26, 2009
Author Notes

This recipe is my attempt to replicate the much celebrated Sweet Potato Latkes from Orna & Ella's in Tel Aviv. Enjoy! —jonaz

Test Kitchen Notes

We love the simplicity of this recipe -- originally from Orna and Ella restaurant in Tel Aviv, Israel -- which really showcases the richness of sweet potatoes. The ingredient list for the pancakes is fairly short: sweet potatoes, flour, sugar, salt and pepper -- plus an unexpected yet welcome dose of soy sauce. Jonaz has you boil the peeled potatoes and drain them for an hour before using your hands, playground-style, to mash and combine them with the rest of the ingredients. Then, you use a pastry bag to form the pancakes in the pan. This can be a bit difficult, as the batter is thick and sticky, but a spatula will help you flatten and smooth the pancakes, which you then brown in butter until crisp. The Cream Dipping Sauce is bright and herbal, a great counterpoint to the suppleness of the pancakes themselves. - A&M —The Editors

  • Serves 5
  • The Pancakes
  • 2.75 pounds Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fresh ground black pepper
  • butter
  • Cream Dipping Sauce
  • 3/4 cup Chives
  • 1/2 pound sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonaise
  • salt, pepper, mustard & lemon to taste
In This Recipe
  1. The Pancakes
  2. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into large pieces. Remove any dark spots.
  3. Cook the sweet potatoes in boiling water until soft.
  4. Leave in a strainer or colander for at least 1 hour to drain completely of water
  5. Place the sweet potatoes in a large bowl and mix with soy sauce, using your hands** (do not overmix, or the mixture will get too sticky to work with).
  6. Add flour, sugar, salt and pepper and mix with hands. Remove any hard or black parts.
  7. Keep mixing with hands until you get the right consistency. The batter should be soft, even and a bit sticky. If it is watery add some flour. DON'T OVERMIX!
  8. Put the batter into a sandwich bag or other plastic bag, tie off the end and puncture on one end to make an icing bag.
  9. Warm up a non-stick pan and add butter.
  10. Make two-inch pancakes on the frying pan. Fry on both sides on medium heat.
  1. Cream Dipping Sauce
  2. Mix all ingredients and serve with the pancakes. Enjoy!

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