Simple Sundays | Sweet Potato, Turnip and Parsnip Latkes

Sweet Potato, Turnip and Parsnip Latkes |

“Mom, why didn’t the turkey come to Thanksgiving?” my daughter asked.


“Because he was already stuffed!”

I admit it, I laughed pretty hard at that one.

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but before we know it, our house will be full of visitors once again, and I will be in the kitchen non-stop, on my feet and hovering between the stove and the sink. As we prepare ourselves for family and feasting, I am starting to plan not only for Thanksgiving day, but Thanksgiving week.

I’m thinking of these Sweet Potato, Turnip and Parsnip Latkes.

Sweet Potato, Turnip and Parsnip Latkes |
Sweet Potato, Turnip and Parsnip Latkes |

The calendar aligns this year with both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah falling on the same day. And while I am not Jewish, I couldn’t help but learn to love the culinary traditions of my Jewish friends, growing up in New York. Latkes, or potato pancakes, are something anyone can appreciate! And this Thanksgiving, latkes made with sweet potato, turnip and parsnips are a perfect way to kick off the holiday feast.

Sweet Potato, Turnip and Parsnip Latkes |
Sweet Potato, Turnip and Parsnip Latkes |

What traditions will grace your Thanksgiving table? And what new ones will you make? Perhaps you’ll consider these crispy latkes, hot and savory with a dollop of sour cream? They’re irresistible, I assure you!

Sweet Potato, Turnip and Parsnip Latkes |

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by Liren Baker on November 10, 2013

23 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Sweet Potato, Turnip and Parsnip Latkes”

  1. Beth Young November 10, 2013 @ 6:20 am (#

    Beautiful vibrant colours! Feeling very inspired by this!

    • Liren replied: — November 10th, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

      Thanks Beth! I hope you try it!

  2. Aggie November 10, 2013 @ 8:32 am (#

    My kids will get a kick out if that joke – I’m stealing it! :)

    They will also love these latkes. We are huge latke fans in iur house. Love the ingredients in these!

    • Liren replied: — November 10th, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

      Hee hee, steal away, it’s a cute joke! I love latkes but admit don’t make it often. I also confess that I ate the whole batch myself :)

  3. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) November 10, 2013 @ 12:35 pm (#

    I seriously want these right now! They are incredible!

    • Liren replied: — November 10th, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

      Thanks, Jocelyn! When you get back from the Bake-off (good luck!), I hope you get to try it!

  4. Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 10, 2013 @ 12:37 pm (#

    Wonderful latkes, I love the mix of veggies!

    • Liren replied: — November 10th, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

      Thanks, Laura! I’m glad I mixed the root veggies with the sweet potato – it added a lovely sweetness!

  5. Asha@fsk November 10, 2013 @ 1:09 pm (#

    mmm… latkes! I love!!! and these are such a great way to get in veggies into your diet! :)))

  6. Eileen November 11, 2013 @ 11:14 am (#

    You know I have never in my life made a latke, but now I am craving them something fierce! NOM.

  7. Brian @ A Thought For Food November 11, 2013 @ 6:14 pm (#

    Cute joke! I love when kids surprise you with these things… reminds you it doesn’t take a lot to make us laugh. Loving this take on the latke. Need them in my life… and I think Eric wouldn’t complain either.

  8. Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living November 12, 2013 @ 6:28 am (#

    These look delicious! What other sort of toppings would you recommend?

  9. Mary@SiftingFocus November 16, 2013 @ 8:25 pm (#

    Okay, i’ll admit it. I laughed really hard at your daughter’s joke too. I remember when Jael was young and shared jokes like that. Actually, from time to time she still comes out with an elementary joke that just cracks me up. Liren, these latkes look so inviting. As much as I love latkes, it seems that after I make 100+ every Hanukkah, it takes me about a year to gear up to do it again. I believe your unique take on a classic will have me returning to the grater and frying pan much sooner.

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