- 1 large sweet potato (1 pound), peeled
- 1/2 cup matzo meal
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup milk
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- 1/2 cup crème fraîche
- 1 1/4 teaspoons wasabi paste
- 1 1/4 teaspoons rice vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup peppery sprouts, such as radish sprouts
- 2 ounces wasabi tobiko (see Note)
How to make this recipe
In a food processor or on a box grater, coarsely grate the sweet potato. In a large bowl, combine the matzo meal with the sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, cayenne and pepper. Stir in the egg, egg white and milk. Stir in the sweet potato.
In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil until shimmering. Drop packed teaspoons of the sweet potato mixture into the skillet and flatten them with the back of a spoon. Cook the latkes over moderately high heat until the edges are golden, about 1 1/2 minutes; flip and cook until golden on the bottom, about 1 minute. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining sweet potato mixture, adding more oil as needed.
In a small bowl, mix the crème fraîche with the wasabi paste, rice vinegar and salt. Arrange the latkes on a platter and top each one with the wasabi cream, a pinch of sprouts and a little <em>tobiko</em>. Serve warm.
Wasabi tobiko (wasabi-flavored flying fish roe) is available from Wild Edibles (877-295-3474 or wildedibles.com).