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Sweet Potato Latkes with Sriracha Creme Fraiche

Sweet Potato Latkes :: with Sriracha Creme Fraiche

Serves :: Makes about 32 mini latkes


3 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and grated

2 medium onions, peeled and grated

3 eggs

6 to 8 tablespoons all-purpose flour  (add until you reach a nice consistency)

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)

white pepper to taste

dash of cayenne pepper
vegetable or safflower oil for frying
8 oz creme fraiche
2 to 4 teaspoons sriracha hot sauce (more or less to taste, depending on desired spiciness)
¼ cup minced chives


Grate sweet potato and onion and squeeze out excess water.  The less water in the mix, the crispier the latke.  Mix in eggs, flour, soy sauce, salt, pepper and cayenne with the potatoes and onions.  Heat about 1/4 to 1/2-inch worth of oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. 

Make mini latkes from mixture, each about a small palmful worth, pressing out excess liquid before placing in oil.  Fry until golden brown and crispy, about 3 minutes on each side.  Place on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.  Transfer to a serving platter. Mix sriracha into crème fraiche, place a small dollop atop latkes and sprinkle with chives just before serving.

*Alternatively, you can bake latkes in the oven on a cookie sheet brushed with oil.  Bake at 425F for about 12 minutes, flip latkes and bake another 10-12 minutes until golden brown and slightly crispy.



In the Kitchen :: Giving Thanks

The countdown to Thanksgiving is on...48 hours and going quickly.  If you're still stuck on what to pair with the turkey and stuffing, here's a few ideas to get you going.

This starter has become a go-to staple in my family...and with a few friends families as well.  It's one of my all-time favorites for fall.  Butternut Squash Bruschetta with Pine Nuts & Sour Cherries.  I'm thinking of changing things up a little this year and doing a riff off my mom's infamous chicken liver pate (chopped liver's basically a must at any holiday in my family).  Just a little indulgence to kickoff the holiday.  Chicken liver crostini with pickled shallots and sliced apples

 A bright and seasonal salad and a flavorful vegetable side or two brings wholesome balance to the table...color's never a bad thing on your plate.  Pear & Pomegranate Fall Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette.  Simple Pear & Pecorino Salad.  Balsamic Roasted Pumpkin with Crispy Shallots & Goat Cheese.  I'll likely be whipping up some sort of Brussels sprout dish like this one (my newest obsession featured on Levo League) or my faii-proof roasted Brussels sprouts with balsamic reduction and toasted pecans. 

And seeing that Thanksgiving is the holiday that hinges around a day of grandiose eating, even with my healthful angle, dessert is absolutely on the menu.  Autumn Apple Tart with Spiced Caramel Sauce.  Pear-Caramel Tart with Almond Crust.  

Whatever you end up making, here's to a warm and relaxed holiday filled with family, friends and delicious fresh food.


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Holiday Gifting :: Art + Food with Laura Loving

Finding great gifts during the holiday season can be utterly painstaking at times.  I'll be tossing out some thoughtful ideas for the food-lover over the next few weeks.  First up, is an item that evokes the "Happy" in all of us, particularly this time of year.  NYC-based artist Laura Loving recently launched her new line of affordable art objects, appropriately named Happy.  The buddha bag tote below is just screaming to be taken the greenmarket and filled with all sorts of seasonal produce, eggs, local breads, cheeses, meats and more.  

Check out more from Laura's Happy line and help support the growth of her new endeavor here.  She's also offering distinctively fun and bespoke holiday cards. Check the whole line of mix and match cards here or email Laura for more info.  

For an in-person peak at Laura's art and to cross some holiday shopping off your list, swing by her Open Studio next Sunday, Dec. 11th.  Details below. 

Laura Loving Holiday Open Studio

Sunday, December 11th, 4pm to 7pm

Cookies & Cocktails will be served

Studio Laura Loving
104 West 14th Street Suite 500
(between 6th and 7th Avenues)
RSVP by December 9th to LauraLoving@LauraLoving.com


Happy’s Buddha tote, perfect for trips to the greenmarket

One of Laura’s many holiday cards

Images via :: Laura Loving

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TAGS: holidays, food, art

posted: 12.01.11

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