The photo in the Neely's Celebrations Cookbook said, "Gotcha!" as soon as I looked at it. Pouring Mama Callie's Maple Syrup on top made these the pancake for this cold weather. It is a hearty pancake and the mix of onions and sweet potatoes go beautifully together.
I found a similar recipe from the Neelys on Food Network. It is served with applesauce rather than the maple syrup. I am sure the apple sauce makes a great match too.
Smoky Sweet Potato Cakes- adapted from Neely's book, Celebration Cookbook.
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled
1 small yellow onion, grated
4 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil, for frying
Grate the sweet potatoes using the grater attachment on your food processor. Add the sweet potatoes to a large mixing bowl along with the yellow onion, green onions, flour, eggs, paprika, salt, and pepper and mix well.
Heat the oil a large, deep, cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, use a level 1/4 cup scoop to add the sweet potato mixture to the hot oil.