Thanksgiving Leftovers: Sweet Potato Pancakes

Have you ever looked at all of you Thanksgiving leftovers and thought, “Oh boy. What now?” Or did you ever ask yourself, “Why in the world did I make that much? Was I trying to feed an army?!”

We often know what to do with the leftover turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce. We even know we can turn the rolls into bread pudding. But what about the sweet potatoes? While a lot of people like them I feel like they can tend to be one of the biggest leftovers left.

I teamed up with Alyssa Raymond of WTHR for the perfect thing to do with your Thanksgiving leftover sweet potatoes. This dish is actually so good that you’ll be cooking sweet potatoes without a holiday behind them just to be able to make this delicious dish. You can even use the leftovers that has the toasted marshmallows on top!

Sweet Potato Pancakes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons butter, melted (plus some for cooking the pancakes)
3/4 leftover sweet potatoes, mashed

Pecan Maple Syrup
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 cup pure maple syrup
2 tsp bourbon

Pancakes: Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, in a medium bowl.

Add egg, buttermilk, and using a whisk until just combined. Stir in the mashed sweet potato. Do not over mix; the batter should have small lumps.

Heat skillet or griddle to medium heat. Once hot, add 1 tbsp of butter and swirl around the  bottom of pan or brush across griddle until it is evenly coated.

Using an ice cream scoop or ladle, pour pancake batter (about half a cup), 2 inches away from one other.

When pancakes have bubbles on top flip over (about 2-3 minutes). Cook until golden on bottom, about 1 minute.

Syrup:  In a small, dry, cold skillet, add chopped pecans. Turn stove on to medium-low heat. Allow pecan to toast until they are slightly darker. You should be able to smell it. Once toasted, carefully add bourbon. Let cook for about 1 minute. Add maple syrup and remove from heat.

Serve pancakes warm with syrup.

**Note:  You can absolutely make these pancake by simply cooking 1 large sweet potato.  You can boil it, roast it, or even microwave it.  Remove the skin, and ta-da!  If you decide to do this, be sure to add:

  • 1 Tbsp sugar

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Mark Wehman