Potato Pancakes were a special occasion dish in our house growing up. In this version, we have a twist on the classic using sweet potatoes. These delicious Sweet Potato Pancakes are easy to make, and a great base for so many flavors. This German specialty will become a regular dish in your home in no time!
I have been feeling nostalgic lately. Nostalgic for the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Germany in the Fall. The weather turns crisp, and nearly every village and town begin holding their local Kerwes (or festivals). No matter the size of the large city or small hamlet, a traditional fest means neighbors gather for kinship, lots of beer, and awesome food.
Of course, the biggest festival that I think of this time of year is Oktoberfest. It’s actually held in September in the run up to October itself. There are many varying stories about the origins of the famous festival, but one thing has stood the test of time–FOOD!
We were very fortunate to attend this raucous event twice while living in Germany. Once you get yourself a seat in or near one of the beer tents or outside gardens, it’s time to order a beer and get yourself some fest food!
In many locations, potato pancakes are a staple. Called “Kartoffel Puffer” in German, & served with a dollop of creme fraiche or applesauce, many times these shredded & fried spuds are served on an edible plate resembling a cardboard square. Not all locales offer this, but yes, I have eaten my plate–especially when it tasted like the potato pancake that was on it!
Here in the States, potato pancakes are served regularly at different festivals looking to replicate the original Oktoberfest. In this case, I gave them a healthier twist using sweet potatoes instead of traditional taters. Why not add some color AND some extra nutrients like iron, calcium & tons of vitamin A?
These turned out so good, especially when I served them alongside a hearty pork dish like Jagerschnitzel. A dollop of sour cream, and these Sweet Potato Pancakes became impossible to stop eating.
But I stopped before I ate my plate.
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