Leftover Madness! Sweet Potato Pancakes and a Storage Solution.

Turns out I’m a horrible parent.  That’s the only explanation.  Why else would my children turn their noses up at roasted sweet potatoes?  My brothers and I drew blood fighting over the last scraps of sweet potatoes when we were kids.  I just hope they don’t end up on daytime television.

Pictures don't do these justice

Whether the result of moral turpitude, or too liberal a hand with the ginger (they are a bit spicy), we found ourselves with a surfeit of sweet potatoes.  One of my favorite things to do with leftovers like this is to work half a cup into pancakes.  The results are golden, delicious, and truly a great addition to our favorite weekend workhorse pancake recipe (check it out below).

Not so good for ice hockey

So we can make these beauties any time, we also decided to freeze the sweet potatoes in 1/2 cup batches.  I sprayed a tray that would fit in our freezer with vegetable oil, and used a half cup measure to make pucks.  When they are frozen solid, I’ll chip them off the tray and store in the freezer in a gallon-sized freezer bag for easy use any time.

Sweet Potato Pancakes

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s really inexpensive, because you’re not shelling out for a pre-made mix.  It’s a bit better for you, too, as those mixes tend to contain transfats and other mysterious ingredients.   

Combine in one bowl

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 baking powder

In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of milk, more or less, depending on your desired consistency

Combine the wet ingredients into the dry, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes for whole wheat to rehydrate.  The batter will thicken a bit, so you may want to add a bit more milk.  Cook as you would any other pancake (There are instructions in Joy and all over the interwebs, but generally, ladle scant 1/4 cups of batter onto a pan (nonstick or lightly oiled cast iron both work great) over medium heat, and flip when the edges look a bit dry and bubbles popping towards the middle stay open). 

Enjoy with maple syrup, peanut butter, apple butter, or straight up.  Leftovers are shockingly good with a bit of cheese and apple.

Recipe inspired by the stained and wrinkled pages of  The Joy of Cooking, my favorite encyclopedia for the kitchen.  It’s not a fancy cookbook, but if you don’t know how to do something in the kitchen, Joy can probably help you out. 

Contributed by the Dongarra family.

2 thoughts on “Leftover Madness! Sweet Potato Pancakes and a Storage Solution.

  1. does your copying mainhce have the screen with the options? maybe if you make it so the language on there is not in english it will be funner for you. maybe you could acidently make a hundred copys if you just wanted to make one copy.References : i tryed it on mine

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