Smoky Sweet Potato Cakes - Neelys

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.

Flatten the pancakes in the skillet with a spatula, about 1/2 inch thick. Cook for about 3 - 4 minutes per side until golden. Transfer to a paper towel-lined sheet tray to drain any excess oil. Sprinkle the pancakes with salt and transfer to a serving platter.


  1. Chaya, I bet these are delicious. I love sweet potatoes, and I can imagine these would be great for a quick and simple Sunday night supper.

    Thanks so much for sharing with Cookbook Sundays.

  2. Delicious! As always. Happy Hanukkah Chaya! xoxo

  3. These sound wonderful, Chaya. My family would love the sweet potato with the maple syrup - delicious! Thank you for sharing them with Let's Do Brunch :)

  4. The sweet potato cakes sound amazing! I wish my family would eat them- I'd have to eat the whole batch by myself... which I just might have to do. ;)


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